Rambert Logo Rambert Spring 2016, a season of new commissions collaborations and company firsts

Date Thu 5 November 2015

Dance UK member Rambert has commissioned award-winning Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin to create Tomorrow - one of two new works premiering spring 2016. 

Tomorrow follows on from Guerin’s upcoming production of Macbeth at the Young Vic – a project she is co-directing with collaborator and theatre director Carrie Cracknell. Known for her subversion of traditional movement styles, Guerin’s choreographic language creates works which are odd, unfamiliar or unsettling. She has worked extensively in the US and her native Australia with her company Lucy Guerin Inc. as well as with companies such as Dance Works Rotterdam and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. She is the recipient of an Australian Dance Award, and the New York Dance and Performance Award.

Tomorrow will feature a score by composer, sound and multimedia artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) who has previously collaborated with choreographers including Dance UK member Wayne McGregor. Scanner will be working with Rambert’s Music Fellow, Quinta, who previously collaborated with Rambert and Philip Selway on The Rambert Event. 

Rambert will also premiere a new work from Company dancer Patricia Okenwa, Hydrargyrum, which will look at ideas of connection and disconnection, the individual and the mass. Okenwa joined Rambert in 2004 and over the past eleven years she has worked with leading choreographers and honed her own choreographic language through the company’s choreographic development programme. 

A founding member of New Movement Collective – a co-operative of dancers and dancemakers – Okenwa has had works performed at The Place, Lilian Baylis Theatre, the Linbury Studio and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Earlier this year she choreographed Ride which was performed by BBC Young Dancer winner Conner Scott for the final. 

In London, Rambert’s dancers will be joined on stage by members of the Rambert Orchestra, in the revival of Itzik Galili’s acclaimed A Linha Curva. Twenty eight dancers and four percussionists will perform this high-octane and witty work based on Latin American rhythms and movements. Nominated for Best Modern Choreography prize in National Dance Awards 2009 and Best New Dance Production in the 2010 Olivier Awards, A Linha Curva contributed to Rambert’s Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2010. 

In July 2016 Rambert, in collaboration with Garsington Opera, will present the premiere of a new dance staging of Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation, at the opera’s permanent home at Wormsley. Inspired by the book of Genesis and by John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ this staging will feature the full Rambert Company with additional dancers from the Rambert School performing choreography by 

Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director at Rambert. The dancers will be joined on stage by the Garsington orchestra, chorus and soloists Neal Davies, James Gilchrist and Sarah Tynan conducted by Garsington Opera’s Artistic Director Douglas Boyd. Artist Pablo Bronstein, known for his historically inspired architectural drawings which incorporate post-modernist and 18th/19th century styles, will be designing the production. Bronstein has also been invited to create a work for the Duveen Galleries for the Tate Britain commission 2016 which will be displayed from April – October 2016.

Britain’s national dance company, spring 2016 

Rambert renews its dedication to touring contemporary dance on a large scale throughout the country in spring 2016, with triple bills of new and classic work touring across England, Scotland and Wales. Rambert will, for the first time, present work at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in February as the Company continues to extend its reach and cultivate audiences for contemporary dance across the UK.

2015 saw the company launch an ambitious schools initiative – the first of its kind – Rambert Elements, devised to raise the profile of choreography in schools and colleges. Piloting over the 2015/16 school year, this new choreography challenge has over thirty schools from across England and Scotland taking part, under the guidance of top choreographers Mark Baldwin, Aletta Collins and Dance UK member Alexander Whitley. 

Participating schools and colleges will use toolkits created by the choreographers to produce their own works which they will showcase at one of six regional venues; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Dance UK member The Lowry in Salford, Norwich Playhouse, Rambert, in London, Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, and Theatre Royal in Plymouth in early 2016. One group from each regional venue will then be invited to perform their work, accompanied by the Rambert Orchestra, at the 2016 national showcase at a London Theatre in June.