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Rambert World premiere for Mold     

Britain's flagship contemporary dance company, Rambert Dance Company, returns to Mold from 9 to 12 April with a dynamic programme of modern dance created by some of Britain's finest contemporary choreographers. The Mold audiences will be treated to the WORLD PREMIÈRE of Rambert dancer and choreographer RAFAEL BONACHELA's new work 21, plus CHRISTOPHER BRUCE's emotionally charged Grinning in Your Face and WAYNE MCGREGOR's pure dance spectacular PreSentient.

The programme opens with the World Première of RAFAEL BONACHELA's new work 21, which sees him collaborating with William Baker and Alan Macdonald, Kylie Minogue’s creative team. 21 unites Bonachela's distinctive style of choreography with his creative directors' concept that explores the meaning of celebrity and adoration. Incorporating a short projected film featuring KYLIE MINOGUE, 21 is performed to a specially written score by young British composer BENJAMIN WALLFISCH, which uses recorded music, including an electronically altered vocal performance from Ms Minogue. Rafael first worked with Kylie, William and Alan while choreographing the award-winning Fever world tour in 2002.

This is followed by Grinning in Your Face by CHRISTOPHER BRUCE. Created on a mixed cast of nine, the ballet is inspired by the music of the virtuoso blues and folk guitarist, Martin Simpson, and images of the American mid-west during the mid 20th century. With Simpson's acoustic arrangements of traditional folk music, and songs by Bob Dylan, Paul Anka and Cat Stevens, Bruce creates an episodic structure within which - as well as venturing into folk mythology - he makes reference to the hardships of the American depression and Second World War. The costume designs, by Marian Bruce, and lighting, by John B. Read, reflect these images.

Closing the programme is PreSentient, the latest piece to be created for Rambert by the celebrated British choreographer WAYNE MCGREGOR. This thrilling new work, inspired by STEVE REICH'S Triple Quartet, pushes 12 dancers to their physical limits, as they perform complex, razor-sharp choreography at a frenzied pace. Triple Quartet is played live by Rambert's Associate Orchestra, LONDON MUSICI. Wayne McGregor won the 2001 Outstanding Choreography Award for PreSentient in this year's Time Out Live Awards.


RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY is Britain's oldest dance company and its flagship contemporary dance ensemble, presenting a varied, dynamic and accessible repertoire of contemporary classics and new creations. The Company's 22 dancers are drawn from all over the world and trained in both classical and contemporary technique, creating an internationally renowned ensemble of extraordinary technical strength and dramatic flair, accompanied in performance by its superb Associate Orchestra, LONDON MUSICI.

Formerly Ballet Rambert, the Company was formed in 1926 by the visionary Polish dance teacher, DAME MARIE RAMBERT, changing its name to Rambert Dance Company in 1987 to reflect a long-held commitment to contemporary choreography. In December 2002 Rambert welcomed a new Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin, a former Rambert dancer and choreographer. He succeeds Christopher Bruce CBE.
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Sara McCarthy
Wednesday, April 02, 2003back



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