National Theatre Welcomes RAMBERT to River Stage

National Theatre Welcomes RAMBERT to River Stage

On Friday 18 August Rambert, Britain's national dance company, return to the stage at the National Theatre following the hugely successful take over at last year's River Stage Festival. Join Rambert for an eclectic range of free performances from the world of contemporary dance.

Rambert's Artistic Director Mark Baldwin said: "Rambert at the River Stage provides the most amazing chance for anyone passing by to engage with and enjoy dance for free from some of the freshest talent and most exciting dance makers in the world today. We moved to our new building on the South Bank just three years ago so it's a brilliant opportunity to celebrate and showcase our presence here. Whether you want to join in with a workshop or sit back and enjoy stunning dance and music, our programme promises to be an energetic and uplifting weekend."

Grace Hopkins, Rambert Assistant Producer said "We're really excited to be part of the River Stage again this year, giving people the opportunity to experience dance right on the doorstep of our South Bank home. Our incredibly talented dancers will be showcasing their own choreography; Simone Damberg-Würtz and Daniel Davidson both present works they've created in the past year, with Simone's piece Tempus set to music played on a Commodore 64 computer from the 80s."

Speaking about Tempus Yshani Perinpanayagam, Rambert Company Pianist said:

"I performed Game On for piano and Commodore 64 at the River Stage last year but I could not have imagined just how much the innovative choreography in Tempus would bring to the piece. Never has '80s gaming beeping known such glory."

Over the weekend the workshops will give people of all ages an opportunity to discover the joy of contemporary dance for themselves, whether that's learning the moves from iconic shows such as Ghost Dances and A Linha Curva, or connecting with the body through yoga. Young children will have the opportunity to dance in the family workshops, while the over 60s workshop has been especially designed to improve balance and flexibility. The weekend has something for everyone.

The National Theatre's River Stage Festival is in its second year and offers audiences five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK's leading arts and culture organisations. The 2017 River Stage Festival sees The Glory, HOME, Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert and the National Theatre each 'take over' the River Stage for a weekend throughout July and August.

The full line up for the Rambert take over includes:

Friday 18 August

Introduction to evening from Rambert's Mikaela Polley

7pm - 7.15pm

Music from A Linha Curva

7.15pm - 7.40pm

Devised in São Paulo to celebrate Brazilian culture, A Linha Curva sees four percussionists share over 50 instruments. Rambert musicians have been touring it around the UK to evoke samba, capoeira, and the sound of the beach at night.

Quicksilver

8pm - 8.15pm

Quicksilver is Rambert's company for dancers aged 15 - 19. Led by Laura Harvey, the company is named after The Mercury Theatre (Rambert's original home in the1920s) and the nickname of the company's founder, Marie Rambert.

New Creation by Patricia Okenwa

8.30pm - 8.45pm

An extract of a work-in-progress from up-and-coming choreographer and former Rambert dancer Patricia Okenwa. The piece for two dancers is an exploration of motherhood, inspired by the Stabat Mater.

Collapse - New Movement Collective

9pm - 9.15pm

Rambert associate company New Movement Collective present excerpts from Collapse, a period drama first seen in 2016 at the Southbank Centre and created in collaboration with 3D laser artists ScanLAB Projects, with music by composer and cellist Oliver Coates. This highly physical work celebrates the imperfect in today's technology, probing the complexities of time, group memory and the cyclical nature of societal evolution.

Tempus by Simone Damberg Würtz

9.45pm - 10pm

Rambert dancer Simone Damberg Würtz created Tempus as a duet for male dancers to the accompaniment of Game On, a score by former Rambert music fellow Cheryl Frances-Hoad for live piano and a Commodore 64 computer from the 1980s.

Saturday 19 August

Yoga Class

12pm - 12.45pm

Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha yoga. Postures are sequenced together to create a fluid moving meditation.

Contemporary Workshop

1pm - 2pm

This class will introduce people to Rambert's distinctive contemporary dance technique and movement. No previous experience required - all you need is enthusiasm!

Family Workshop

2.30pm - 3.15pm

Designed to let children's imaginations run wild through games, play and dance, this workshop is inspired by A Linha Curva and introduces very young children (5 and under) to dance and movement with their parents or carers.

Children's Workshop

3.15pm - 4pm

A fun, high-energy workshop offering a fantastic introduction to contemporary dance. Children aged 6-12 of all abilities can explore different ways of moving and learn steps from Christopher Bruce's Rooster, a swinging celebration of the Rolling Stones.

Ghost Dances Workshop

4.15pm - 5.15pm

Learn the iconic moves from Rambert's most famous work, Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances. Taught by people who have danced the work, it is a chance for people of all abilities to inhabit this timeless evocation of South American culture.

Ghost Dances Music

7pm - 7.30pm

Ghost Dances is Rambert's celebrated work inspired by the plight of Chilean political prisoners in the 1970s. The atmospheric folk music, incredibly evocative of the Andes, is performed by Chilean singer Claudia Figueroa and musicians on pan-pipes, quena and guitars.

Doublespeak by Daniel Davidson

8pm - 8.15pm

Doublespeak is a work created by Rambert dancer Daniel Davidson, inspired by the paintings of Odd Nerdrum and Mark Rothko, and the music of Nico Muhly. This abstract work evokes ideas of hunting, defending and evolution

New Creation - Carolyn Bolton / Anna Appleby / Mbulelo Ndabeni

8.45pm - 9pm

A first performance of a work-in-progress collaboration between Rambert's music fellow, Manchester-based composer Anna Appleby, Rambert dancer Carolyn Bolton and Creator of N'da Dance Company Mbulelo Ndabeni. The piece is a solo work danced by Ndabeni which explores the seeds of chaos and tackles the madness created during conflict.

Ulysses Awakes by Alexander Whitley

9.30pm - 9.45pm

A solo for a male dancer created by Rambert associate Alexander Whitley to music by John Woolrich. Alexander is a former Rambert dancer who has created works for Rambert, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Boyz, and whose company makes its debut at Sadler's Wells in June 2017.

Music from Nia Lynn

10pm - 10.30pm

Jazz singer Nia Lynn tours with Rambert this autumn in a work by Ben Duke, inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone.

Sunday 20 August

Yoga Class

12pm - 12.45pm

Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha yoga. Postures are sequenced together to create a fluid moving meditation.

Over 60s Workshop

12.45pm - 1.45pm

Whether you have tried dance before or this is your first time, this workshop is a fun way to engage with the work of Rambert. The workshop includes a gentle warm-up followed by a chance to learn moves from Rambert's repertoire.

R Quintessence and Mercury Movers

2.45pm - 3.15pm

R Quintessence and the Mercury Movers are dance groups for older adults in London. They meet for regular classes and workshops, and create performance works. They're sharing at the River Stage works they have been inspired to create.

A Linha Curva Workshop

3.15pm - 4.15pm

This workshop is a great chance to learn some moves from Rambert's party piece A Linha Curva: a riotous explosion of colourful, samba-fuelled dance! No previous dance experience required.

Quicksilver

4.30pm - 5pm

Quicksilver is Rambert's company for dancers aged 15 - 19. Led by Laura Harvey, the company is named after The Mercury Theatre (Rambert's original home in the1920s) and the nickname of the company's founder, Marie Rambert.

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