The making of dance, the uncrowned Gesamtkunstwerk.

Before I start, I must admit that as a former dance and choreographer the author of this post is somewhat biased… but enthusiasm is positive!

Rambert Dance have shared with us some of the most inspirational videos ever. Have you heard of Rooster, Christopher Bruce’s masterpiece set to the music of The Rolling Stones, an electrifying celebration of the Sixties? Have you seen it? If not, they are on stage again! First up on 20-24 May in Sadler’s Wells. The truly inspirational stuff, however, can be found in the rehearsal clips. The dancers’ relationship with the choreographer  is flavoured with admiration, obedience, dedication, worship and love. Love shines through the whole process during which both the choreographer and dancers forget about the rest of the world and perhaps even forget about the rules of gravity and their own mortality while they work and work and work to achieve divine perfection. The results bring together grace, movement, music, expression, poetry, visual art, performance, story…. dance has got everything in it. It is perfect. Start the transforming journey right here and finish at Sadler’s Wells for a cathartic experience.

image_4 (5)image_5 (2)       The making of Rooster                                     Rooster rehearsal

 

Really, it gets even better. On 15th of May we can enjoy live discussion between Rooster’s author and three other great dance artists from the comfort of our own homes. A total of four giants of contemporary choreography from both sides of the Atlantic are represented in Rambert’s forthcoming programme for Sadler’s Wells: Richard Alston and Christopher Bruce from the UK, and Lucinda Childs and Merce Cunningham from the US. With contrasting approaches and styles, they have made some of the most influential and acclaimed dance works of the past 50 years.
Ahead of the Sadler’s Wells performances, Alston, Bruce and Childs come together for one night only to discuss their lives in dance. They will be joined by former Cunningham dancer Jeannie Steele, who staged the late choreographer’s work for Rambert, and the panel will be chaired by dance writer and critic David Jays.
This unique event is an opportunity to gain first-hand insight from some of the artists who shaped contemporary dance as we know it today. Viewers can join in the conversation, posting questions online for the choreographers.
Watch it live here from 7pm.

 

Now, if you are really getting into dance or Rambert in particular then there is the Rambert Event in their own new space on three dates starting from the 28th of June. It is an extraordinary feast of dance featuring sequences, excerpts and complete dances in various spaces between which you may move as you please. Become part of the total artwork!

 

Text by Kati Jagel