Dane Hurst’s work - lyrical, shapely pieces with a healthy dose of theatre - has become a regular feature of the annual New Choreography programme. It contrasts wildly with the work of Okenwa, also an experienced choreographer, whose preference is for improv rock and a more extreme physicality. From both old and new, this will be a programme of surprises and unearthed talent.
Rambert has come under some criticism in recent years, most particularly from Observer dance critic Luke Jennings, for lack of innovation on the dance scene. Jenkins argues forcefully that, as Britain’s premier contemporary company, with huge touring commitments and their own school, they have a responsibility to lead British contemporary dance into an exciting and viable future.
Here, though, is something they do consistently well, and perhaps the answer to Jennings’ concerns. In-house choreography programmes foster not just up-and-coming creators, but a spirit of adventure in the whole company. Rambert's Jonathan Goddard, dancer-choreographer, went on to co-found the twice-nominated ‘Best Independent Company’ New Movement Collective (of which Okenwa is a member).
These five choreographers are Rambert’s bet for the future. Book now for a glimpse of things to come.
|What||Rambert: New Choreography at The Place|
|Where||The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
16 Dec 14 – 17 Dec 14, Post-show talk with choreographers on the 16th Dec
|Website||Click here to book via The Place|