Rambert Dance Company take mixed work show on UK tour
Work by Marguerite Donlon, Javier De Frutos and Tim Rushton
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