Rambert Dance Company premieres on The SpaceAdministrator
Rambert Dance Company premieres on The Space
Britain’s leading contemporary dance company is showcased in four new complete dance works exclusively on The Space. All received their live, world, UK or revival premiere from Rambert last year and this is the first time they have appeared complete on film.
Produced by Nylon Films, the collection of films comprises four complete performances - Labyrinth of Love, SUB, What Wild Ecstasy and L’Après-midi d’un faune.
In Labyrinth of Love glimpses of love's ups and downs tangle and untangle in the magical and surreal world of a many-faceted labyrinth. Marguerite Donlon's choreography (whose movements are inspired by poems and prose which span over 2000 years) captures not only the romantic moments of love but its humour and surprise, with designs by one of Britain's finest visual artists, Mat Collishaw, and set and costume designer Conor Murphy.
The score was created by Grammy award-winning composer Michael Daugherty who said that the texts selected were “full of bitterness, desire, longing, ecstasy, irony, tenderness, despair, hope, sadness and humour.”
Following the critically acclaimed and multi-award nominated A Linha Curva, Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili returns with his high energy work SUB, a battlefield of relentlessly sparring testosterone which had its UK premiere at Sadler's Wells in 2012. The score was created by Michael Gordon with costume design by Natasja Lansen and lighting by Yaron Abulafia.
With music commissioned as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin choreographs What Wild Ecstasy, a brand new modern-day take on Nijinsky's 100 year old L'Après-midi d'un faune. Set to a pulsing and feral score by Gavin Higgins, which won Gavin a nomination for the British Composer Awards 2012, What Wild Ecstasy had its world premiere in Aberdeen 2012. The design for What Wild Ecstasy was created by Michael Howells with lighting by Sid Ellen.
The fourth film is the Rambert version of Nijinsky’s original choreographic masterpiece L’Après-midi d’un faune (set to Debussy’s music) revived by Anne Whitley for the present day company.
The Rambert Dance Company films will be published between Tuesday 5th March and Tuesday 26th March 2013 and you can watch them here http://thespace.org/items/s0001kw8
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About Rambert Dance Company
Rambert, the national company for contemporary dance, is the most distinctive and the most creative working in Britain today.
Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years. The vision of this energetic Polish woman ensured that dance as an artform took root and blossomed in this country, and Rambert’s influence now extends across the world.
Marie Rambert was heavily influenced by her work with Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes. She stressed the value of collaboration between choreographer, composer and artist and the Company continues in that tradition, routinely commissioning composers and artists alongside new choreography.
Today, Rambert thrives on its unique ability to share with audiences the widest range of repertoire: works from its rich heritage as the UK’s oldest dance company; new works and re-stagings by choreographers from all over the world, including those who may be less well-known in the UK, and landmark dance from the 20th century. Bold, risk-taking, agile and beautiful, the dancers combine rigorous technique and artistry with an extraordinary ability to challenge and entertain. The Company is also renowned for its use of live music and is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra.
About Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director, Rambert
Mark Baldwin was born in Fiji and raised and educated in New Zealand. His interest in the arts led him to pursue a degree in Fine Art at the University of Auckland, something which has influenced his approach to creativity ever since.
He danced with Royal New Zealand Ballet before joining Rambert Dance Company (then Ballet Rambert). He performed with Rambert for ten years and used the opportunity to develop his choreographic skills.
On leaving Rambert he was appointed Resident Choreographer at Sadler's Wells, where he established the
Mark Baldwin Dance Company (1993 - 2001). His status as a leading choreographer was affirmed with the creation of over 40 works for the Mark Baldwin Dance Company and other major dance companies including:
The Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Berlin State Opera House, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet (where he was also Resident Choreographer in 1996), London City Ballet and Rambert Dance Company.
Mark has received numerous awards, including the Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award (1992), the 1995 Time Out Award for Dance, and the South Bank Show Award for The Bird Sings With Its Fingers (2001). He received the French Grand Prix Award for Film (1996), for Echo, a collaboration with visual artist Anish Kapoor and composer Brian Elias, and in 2002, the Dance Artist Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to Dance.
In December 2002, Mark returned to Rambert Dance Company as Artistic Director. His vision since then has been to commission works that encourage collaboration with other artforms. Critically praised for reinvigorating the Company and its repertoire, to date Mark has commissioned new works by numerous British and international choreographers.
In May 2005, Mark premièred Constant Speed, his first work for Rambert since becoming Artistic Director. The work, and high calibre of his artistic directorship of Rambert, won him the TMA Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance.
His restaging of Michael Clark's Swamp also won an Olivier Award. In 2006 Mark choreographed The Wedding for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and collaborated with Amanda Eyles to rework Andrée Howard's 1939 work Lady into Fox.
In 2008 he created the highly acclaimed work Eternal Light, and in 2009, The Comedy of Change.
In 2010, the Company won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of the previous years' repertoire.
About Nylon Films
Nylon Films is an independent production company committed to making compelling factual programming for broadcasters and corporations. A tight knit group of experts from the worlds of business strategy and communications, journalism, prime-time factual programme making and production management – the Nylon Films team works together to produce the right film, for the right platform, for the right audience.