© Nicolas Guttridge and Benoit Swan Pouffer

Leading contemporary dance company Rambert is a firm favourite with Norfolk dance fans, and now their newly-formed and exciting junior dance company; Rambert2, comes to Norwich Playhouse.

Rambert is a regular visitor to Norwich Theatre Royal, and audiences are sure to be delighted by seeing the next generation of Rambert dancers in the intimate auditorium of the Playhouse. Rambert2 is in Norwich for 3 performances over January 31 and February 1, showcasing the talents of 13 recently-graduated dancers from around the world.

The Rambert2 performance offers audiences the chance to see the very best of the world’s young dance stars, who will be performing a triple bill of short work created by some of the most exhilarating and fierce choreographers around today.

Grey Matter is a new dance work by Rambert’s newly-confirmed artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer, with original music by electronic and dancehall artist Gaika and fashion duo Cottweiler. The performance also includes two pieces that launched the international careers of their choreographers: E2 7SD, a duet by Sydney Dance Company artistic director and former Rambert dancer Rafael Bonachela, and Killer Pig by Israeli dance star Sharon Eyal which is a group work showcasing her intense and distinctive movement style.

Rambert2 is a collaboration between Rambert and Rambert School. The 13 young dancers were chosen from 800 applicants during open auditions, and are all aged between 19 and 25. Through this unique programme, the young dancers perform and learn within a supported structure alongside Rambert’s senior artists. They are introduced to the top level of the dance profession and begin an international career. Integrated into the Rambert2 programme is an MA in Professional Dance Performance, which is combined with a fully professional contract and a bursary enabling the dancers to fund their living expenses whilst learning.

The new company is a continuation of Rambert’s innovative approach to dance which began in the 1920s when the pioneering Marie Rambert founded her dance school in London. The company gave it first performance in 1926 and was later pushed by Marie Rambert to shed its classical repertory and concentrate on contemporary fare. Now, 92 years after its initial first performance, the company is once again trying something new with Rambert2.

Rambert2 is at the Norwich Playhouse on Thur 31 Jan 7.30pm and Fri 1 Feb 1pm & 7.30pm.  Evenings: £17 / £14 / £8.50 students. Matinee: £12 / £8.50 students.

For tickets call the Box Office on 01603 598598 or visit norwichplayhouse.co.uk

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