Rambert2: 'We have this kind of buzz about us because we're all young, fiery and ready to go'
- Kelly Apter
- 15 May 2019
Britain's oldest modern dance company just got younger
Following in the footsteps of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and Ailey II, Rambert Dance Company launched a company of emerging talent last July. And this vibrant off-shoot is embarking on its first UK tour. Populated by dancers aged 19–25, Rambert2 will perform works by Rafael Bonachela, Sharon Eyal and Rambert's artistic director, Benoit Swan Pouffer. One of 13 dancers recruited into Rambert2's first cohort, Faye Stoeser feels the new troupe has a special something that differentiates it from the main company.
'A lot of us came straight out of university or having had a year or two of experience, so we have this kind of buzz about us because we're all young, fiery and ready to go,' she says. 'There are a lot of personalities within the group, and we all come from different places and training backgrounds, so we bring all these experiences and cultures, which makes it really dynamic.'
The young company's first line-up doesn't take any prisoners, with choreography even seasoned dancers would find tricky to learn; in particular, the spellbindingly unique work of Sharon Eyal. 'We had three weeks to re-stage Sharon's piece, and I'm not going to lie, it was very hard,' says Stoeser. 'To completely embody a new way of moving and understand the essence of that style was hard, but a good challenge. And I think we do it well and bring our own spice to the piece, our own energy.'
King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 24 & Sat 25 May.