Rambert Dance Company take mixed work show on UK tour

Work by Marguerite Donlon, Javier De Frutos and Tim Rushton

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Rambert Dance Company take mixed work show on UK tour

Live music has always been a key part of any Rambert performance, but on this latest tour it’s more integral than ever. Not only is the score for Marguerite Donlon’s new work sung live, but a soprano weaves her way through the dancers as the piece unfolds.

A sumptuous dance inspired by, and set to, the poems and prose of women through the ages, from Sappho to Elizabeth Taylor, Labyrinth of Love talks of love longed for, won and lost. Working with the music in the rehearsal studio, dancer Dane Hurst soon began to find the emotion within it.

‘We didn’t spend much time going into the meaning of the poetry,’ he says, ‘because it’s self-explanatory. They’re simple expressions of love that we can all relate to. But we had the sopranos singing the words in the rehearsal room with us right from the beginning. We treated them like another dancer in the space.’

Performed alongside Javier De Frutos' Elysian Fields (inspired by the life and work of Tennessee Williams) and Tim Rushton’s emotive Monolith, Labyrinth of Love is Donlon’s first creation for Rambert, but hopefully not her last. According to Hurst, the dancers really responded to her way of working.

‘She came in like a gust of wind,’ he recalls. ‘A bundle of energy that threw these ideas out and different movement styles. And because it was very free flowing and expressive, we just really wanted to get our teeth into it.’

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Thu 28 Feb--Sat 2 Mar; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 9 & Wed 10 Apr

Rambert Dance Company: Labyrinth Of Love/L’Apres-Midi D’un Faune/Monolith/What Wild Ecstasy

  • Written by: Tim Rushton

The contemporary dance company performs four pieces in repertoire: Marguerite Donlon's romantic offering set to music by Michael Daugherty, a distinctive version of Nijinsky's ballet L'Apres-Midi D'un Faune, Tim Rushton's work celebrating athleticism, and Mark Baldwin's colourful response to What Wild Ecstasy.

Rambert Dance Company: Labyrinth of Love Tour

Britain's flagship contemporary dance company present Marguerite Donlon's Labyrinth of Love, which celebrates love in all its heartbreaking and joyful glory, alongside other works by Merce Cunningham, Richard Alston and Paul Taylor.

Rambert Dance Company: Mixed Programme (Labyrinth Of Love/Roses/Sub)

  • Written by: Michael Daugherty

The contemporary dance company performs three modern pieces in repertoire: Marguerite Donlon's romantic offering set to music by Michael Daugherty, Paul Taylor's serene tribute to love and Itzik Galili's high-energy work for seven male dancers.

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