Rambert at Norwich Theatre Royal


Two major UK revivals of landmark dance works and a breakthrough new creation by a rising star are on the way to Norwich Theatre Royal for the 2019 programme by Rambert.

Work by Wayne McGregor and Hofesh Shechter plus a new piece by a big name in the international hip hop community will comprise the line-up on October 2 and 3.

The programme will feature PreSentient, a piece by the multi-award-winning British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor.

Set to the music of Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet, it mixes the angular movements of McGregor’s dance which are a hallmark of his work with the rhythm and tone of Reich’s composition.

McGregor said the composer’s work was a great inspiration to him. “I was particularly attracted to the punishing and driven wall of sound that relentlessly attacks the atmosphere created by the dense, complex and interlocking rhythmical and tonal structures of the music,” he said.

Also in the programme is In Your Rooms by world-renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Deeply personal, provocative and political, the piece is extremely physical and depicts a society which is both alienating and shockingly familiar.

The audience will see the dancers reveal different motives, their vulnerabilities and a loss of control through a series of intricate, touching encounters.

It also features a hauntingly beautiful score created by Hofesh in collaboration with Nell Catchpole who is best known for her string company The Gogmagogs and has also worked with the likes of Brian Eno, U2 and Nigel Kennedy.

Completing the programme will be Rouge, a new creation by the French contemporary choreographer Marion Motin, whose hip hop-influenced style is best known through her work for Christine and the Queens, and award-nominated video for Dua Lipa’s IDGAF.

It explores how we go about finding our real selves through instinct rather than culture and how we need to connect with real bodies and real people while also exploring how we keep going as people and recharge ourselves when we need to.

Motin’s work has a strong hip hop influence and centres on strong female characters. As a performer, she has danced for both Angelin Preljocaj and Madonna, and created her own company called Compagnie Swaggers in 2009.

Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer said he likes to create a programme with contrasting pieces of work. He said: “It has to be eclectic and feel like a buffet but with one thread that goes throughout the work.”

It also means the dancer has the length of the interval to reinvent themselves and put on a new skin. “What I am looking for is the capacity to morph. I see them in front of me and then an hour later, I am seeing the same person appear completely differently.”

Rambert is at the Norwich Theatre Royal from Wednesday 2-Thursday 3 October at 7.30pm, and Thursday matinee at 1.30pm.

Tickets £10-£26, with Discounts for Friends, Over-60s, Under-25s, Groups and Schools.

To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630 000.

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