14-15 September 2012 (Fri-Sat) 8pm 16 September 2012 (Sun) 3pm Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
$420, 360, 280, 180
Hong Kong Debut
"One of the finest ensembles performing today” – The Guardian
"All dance companies talk about new work, and interesting revivals, but few make them happen like Rambert” – The Evening Standard
"Rambert’s dancers are terrific; intelligent and stylish across a range of repertory” – The Independent
RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY
Established in 1926, Rambert is Britain’s oldest dance company, and in 2011/12 celebrated its 85th anniversary. The Company developed as the Ballet Club in London and first performed under the name of Ballet Rambert in 1935. The Company’s founder, Marie Rambert, was a Polish-born dance pioneer who had settled in England. Marie Rambert nurtured choreographers such as Frederick Ashton and Antony Tudor who later went on to become major figures in British dance. In 1966, the Company changed its style from ballet to contemporary dance and renewed its focus on new choreography. In 1987, it changed its name from Ballet Rambert to Rambert Dance Company to reflect the diverse nature of its work. In 1994, the Company was re-launched with the appointment of the internationally renowned choreographer Christopher Bruce as Artistic Director. He had emerged as a world-class dancer in the sixties and was the last major choreographer to be nurtured by Marie Rambert. In November 2002, former Rambert dancer and choreographer Mark Baldwin succeeded Christopher Bruce as Artistic Director.
Nowadays, Rambert Dance Company is Britain’s large-scale contemporary dance company. It tours throughout the year, giving around 75 performances all over Britain, to an average 50 000 people. The Company also regularly tours overseas. It presents a varied programme of contemporary classics and new works by a range of British and international choreographers. It is also committed to nurturing choreographers from within its own ranks. The 22 dancers are among the finest in the world, and come from both classical and contemporary backgrounds.
The multi award-winning Rambert Dance Company has spent 85 years at the heart of British dance. With an international reputation for excellence, creating performances of the highest quality, Rambert has the power to delight and inspire audiences throughout the world.
The Company visits Hong Kong for the first time with a sensational programme of four diverse dance works: the breathtakingly athletic Monolith by Tim Rushton, Christopher Bruce’s uplifting Hush, plus the Rambert version of Valslav Nijinsky’s iconic L’Après-midi d’un faune paired with the energetic and colourful modern take, What Wild Ecstasy from Rambert’s Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin. A performance by Rambert promises drama and spectacle in equal measure.
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Christopher Bruce, one of Britain’s best-loved choreographers, revives Hush, a light hearted and affectionate celebration of family life. Critically acclaimed in America and the UK and set to music by Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma, this brilliant 2006 creation will lift your spirits and keep your toes tapping.
Choreography: Christopher Bruce Music: Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma Set and costume design: Marian Bruce Lighting design: Christina Giannelli
Created by Tim Rushton, Artistic Director of Danish Dance Theatre, Monolith is inspired by mystical energies which haunt sites of man-made gathering places. The rhythms of Pēteris Vasks’ gutsy score are the perfect backdrop to Rushton’s UK debut.
Choreography: Tim Rushton Music: Pēteris Vasks Set and costume design: Charlotte Østergaard and Tim Rushton Lighting design: Malcolm Glanville and Tim Rushton
L’Après-midi d’un faune
Inspired by Debussy’s languorous and shimmering score and considered to be one of the first modern ballets, L’ Après-midi d’un faune, created for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, caused a furore at its first performance 100 years ago. The Rambert version of Vaslav Nijinsky’s seminal short ballet is revived by the Company for the first time in almost 30 years.
Revival director of the Rambert version of Nijinsky’s choreography: Ann Whitley Music: Claude Debussy Costumes: After Léon Bakst Lighting design: Sid Ellen
What Wild Ecstasy
Innate sexual attraction drives men and women to size each other up on the dancefloor in a primal ritual, as nature’s powerful forces take over. Mark Baldwin’s new modern-day take on L’ Après-midi d’un faune is set to a pulsing and feral score by Gavin Higgins, commissioned as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Choreography: Mark Baldwin Music: Gavin Higgins Design: Michael Howells Lighting design: Sid Ellen
Mark Baldwin 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 Dance Company, Mark was appointed Resident Choreographer at Sadler’s Wells, where he established the Mark Baldwin Dance Company. 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 and Berlin State Opera House.
Mark has received numerous awards, including the South Bank Show Award for The Bird Sings With Its Fingers (2001). He received the Dance Artist Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to Dance in 2002. In the same year, he returned to Rambert Dance Company as Artistic Director and premièred Constant Speed, his first work for Rambert Dance Company. The work won him the TMA Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance.
12.9.2012 (Wed) 7:30pm – 8:30pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Conducted by Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company (UK) (In English) Moderator: Allen Lam Enquiries：2268 7323 Limited Seats, first-come-first-served
Running time of this programme is about 2 hours including interval
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Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme Audiences of age 6 or above are welcome The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary