SAMBA, NINA SIMONE AND PURE DANCE: RAMBERT BRINGS A DYNAMIC TRIPLE BILL TO NOTTINGHAM
A Linha Curva | Symbiosis | Goat
Theatre Royal Nottingham
27 February – 1 March 2018
Britain’s national dance company returns to Nottingham with audience favourite A Linha Curva, in a programme of dance that displays the company’s staggering range and abundance of talent at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 27 February – Thursday 1 March.
Rambert’s Senior Rehearsal Director Mikaela Polley said ‘We love coming to Nottingham and always get a fantastic reception. This programme of dance truly has something for everyone and showcases the extraordinary versatility or our world-class dancers. A Linha Curva is a particular favourite of mine, as I’ve been involved with it since its premiere in 2009 and restaged it on the company for this tour. The sheer scale of the ensemble of Rambert dancers and Rambert school guest dancers invokes a powerful energy onstage, full of life and rhythm – it’s a party you don’t want to miss!’
Itzik Galili’s percussion-fuelled A Linha Curva is a high-octane, celebratory work based on Latin American rhythms and movements performed by 26 dancers from Rambert and the Rambert School and four percussionists live onstage. Nominated for Best Choreography prize in the 2009 Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards and Best New Dance Production in the 2010 Olivier Awards, A Linha Curva contributed to Rambert’s 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Itzik Galili created both choreography and designs for the piece with an original score by Dutch percussion group Percossa.
Known for his technically detailed dance works full of energy and power, Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis presents Symbiosis, a high-velocity celebration of the Rambert dancers’ skills. Symbiosis is set to a specially-commissioned score by Ilan Eshkeri, a British neo-classical composer known for his film scores, concert music and artistic collaborations.
Rounding off the evening is Goat, a dance-theatre piece from award-winning choreographer and performer Ben Duke, which premiered last year and has already been hailed as ‘a goddam masterpiece’ (The Stage). Darkly funny and deeply moving, Goat dissects the pleasure and pain of performing and is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best loved songs performed live on stage by jazz singer.
Tuesday 27 February – Thursday 1 March 2018
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Tickets: £15 – £28.50 plus discounts for Royal Members*, Under 16s, Go Card** holders, Groups and Schools
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
*Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Royal Membership scheme offering ticket discounts, exclusive pre-sales, meet the cast nights and more www.trch.co.uk/membership
**Go Card free scheme for full time students and under 26s offering ticket discounts for Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham events www.trch.co.uk/gocard
Press Night @ Theatre Royal Nottingham: Tuesday 27 February at 7:30pm
Rambert is Britain’s national dance company. It produces new and historic dance works for audiences throughout the UK and around the world, performed by world-class dancers and accompanied by live music. Rambert has been making dance for 90 years. Its home on London’s South Bank, which opened in 2014, is a centre for creativity, talent development and community engagement. Rambert works in partnership with local authorities, schools, hospitals and health care providers, social enterprises, charities, businesses and arts organisations to extend its reach to people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances, giving tens of thousands of people each year opportunities to watch, take part and learn through dance.
Itzik Galili has built an oeuvre of more than 70 works showing a pioneering diversity. Born in Israel, he moved to the Netherlands in 1991 and was artistic director of NND/Galili Dance (1997-2008) and co-artistic director of Dansgroep Amsterdam (2009-2010). Galili has created for and worked with many other companies in the Netherlands and abroad, including Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich, Gulbenkian Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, Batsheva Dance Company, NDT2, Scapino Ballet, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, Het Nationale Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Ballet British Columbia. In 1994 he was honoured with the Final Selection Culture Award (Phillip Morris), for exceptional talent and contribution to dance and culture in the Netherlands. In 2006, he was made a Knight in the Royal Order of The House of Orange Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his contribution to Dutch Dance.
Andonis Foniadakis is resident choreographer for Greek National Ballet and director of the Lyon-based Apotosoma Dance Company which he founded in 2003. He has collaborated with ballet companies worldwide as both a dancer and choreographer including, Tanz Luzerner Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet de Lorraine, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon and most recently, Royal New Zealand Ballet. He was movement coordinator for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and his awards include the Danza e Danza Award for Best Choreography in 2002.
Ben Duke is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of dance theatre company Lost Dog. He trained at the Guildford School of Acting, London Contemporary Dance School and has a first class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University. As well as his work for Lost Dog, Ben has directed and choreographed works for companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Dance Umbrella, The National Theatre of Scotland and the Gate Theatre, London. As a performer he has worked with Probe, Hofesh Shechter Company, Tilted Productions, The Gate Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk.