Created in 1981 as an evocative tribute to victims of political oppression in South America, Ghost Dances tells stories of love and compassion as death – represented by a trio of skeletal “ghosts” who stalk the stage with sinister intent – interrupts the daily lives of a community of ordinary people.
The choreography is an absorbing blend of Graham-influenced contemporary dance and ballet, with elements of folk and social styles.
At first, the eerie “ghosts” perform slow, sinuous movements, accompanied by the chilling sound of a bitter wind. Later, they brutally claim lives while dancing the dance of death with unsuspecting peasants, their actions driven by the bewitching themes of traditional Latin American folk music.
The long-awaited revival of Ghost Dances is being presented in a Latin-flavoured triple bill which demonstrates the versatility of Britain’s national dance company.
Rambert The 3 Dancers Brenda Lee Grech, Daniel Davidson, Miguel Altunaga photo Tristam Kenton
Didy Veldman’s The 3 Dancers reveals the passion and betrayal of the tragic love triangle behind one of Picasso’s greatest paintings.
Aletta Collins sets her as-yet-unnamed new work to Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s pulsating Cuban Danzones 1, 2 & 3.
Altogether a varied and enticing programme presented by a company at the peak of its form.
|What||Rambert Ghost Dances Mixed Bill, Sadler's Wells|
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
16 May 17 – 20 May 17, 19:30 End time TBC Sat mat 14:30
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells|