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Introducing Rambert

February sees Britain’s reputable national dance company, Rambert, making their Aylesbury Waterside Theatre debut from Thu 11 - Sat 13 Feb.


They will be bringing a triple bill of works by some of today’s most inventive choreographers with a programme including a Picasso-inspired piece by Didy Veldman, a new work by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup and a work inspired by the science of the cosmos by Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin.

All three works will be accompanied by live music from the Rambert Orchestra.



Transfigured Night
is a new work from double Olivier award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup - his first for the Company since 2004’s acclaimed Songs of a Wayfarer. Acclaimed as ‘...One of his finest works...’ (The Guardian),Transfigured Night is loosely based on a Richard Dehmel poem and driven by composer Arnold Schoenberg’s late romantic masterpiece of the same name. It echoes the conflict between fantasy and reality and the complex nature of love.


Brandstrup says: ‘There is nothing you need to know in advance,’ ‘You’re watching people - human beings who will take you on a journey.’


Known for creating emotional intimacy and empathy between audiences and dancers, this large scale ensemble work focuses on a pair of lovers meeting at moonlight where dark secrets threaten the foundations of their relationship. Four dancers perform intimate duets accompanied by Schoenberg’s lyrical and emotive score, while the remaining dancers form a chorus that reflects the emotional landscape of the piece. Collaborating with Brandstrup is designer Chloë Lamford and lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli.


Brandstrup worked with the dancers for five weeks, casting separate pairs of performers to play out the alternate scenarios. ‘It’s fundamentally an intimate duet, but with a cast of 22! The other dancers are the internal world, surging around them.’





Inspired by the tragic love triangle behind Picasso’s masterpiece The Three Dancers, comes Didy Veldman piece exploring the eternal themes of the painter’s work: love, desire and death. Veldman uses three dancers in white to depict the tragic lovers and a further three dressed in black as their shadows or darker selves in order to delve into the social, psychological and human elements of Picasso’s work.


Veldman is well-known for her theatrical style and earthy choreography. In The 3 Dancers she explores how one of Picasso’s most distinctive styles, Cubism, can be applied to movement to create the fragmented atmosphere and world which is so characteristic of his work. The 3 Dancers features an original score by Australia’s leading composer Elena Kats-Chernin.


In this piece there are six dancers; three dressed in black and three in white. When asked, what is the significance of the six dancers in the piece, three dressed in black and three in white and why did you decided to work with six dancers rather than three?


Didy said: I found that the painting consisted of more people than just the three dancers. There are hidden faces, shadows, multiple characteristics in each individual in the painting and then there is the viewer and the painter too. By using six dancers dressed in black and white I was able to play with perspective, using the contrast this created to help highlight the eternal emotive themes of Picasso’s work and enhance the cubist feel of fragmentation.



Picasso’s painting is vividly colourful, Didy explained where the idea to use a monochrome palate for the work came from:Picasso created a range of monochrome works and even played with the idea of never using colour again. He claimed that by taking colour away, the formal structure and autonomy of form would be highlighted. I found this hugely inspiring and wanted to work within that principal.’



Completing the programme is Mark Baldwin’s The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, which premiered in September 2014. Continuing Baldwin’s fascination with science which has seen previous pieces inspired by the theories of Einstein and Darwin, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature sees dancers fizz with the energy of the miniscule building blocks that created life, the universe and everything. The piece is set to a musical score of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks. Book now >>




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