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Rambert at Norwich Theatre Royal

27 Sep 2014 | DanceEast

A Rock ‘n’ Roll classic and dance that’s out of this world

Rambert, Britain’s national dance company, returns to Norwich Theatre Royal in November with an interstellar line-up of dance that includes Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, featuring the iconic music of the Rolling Stones, and a new piece inspired by the science of the cosmos.

Christopher Bruce’s Rooster pays homage to the swinging sixties. Sharp-suited, snake-hipped men and strong, sassy women perform virtuoso courtship dances set to some of the Stones’ most famous tunes, including Not Fade Away, Paint It Black, As Tears Go By, Sympathy for the Devil and Little Red Rooster.

One of Britain’s leading choreographers, Christopher Bruce’s work is in demand all around the world. He is a former dancer and Artistic director with Rambert, which first performed Rooster in 1994. The piece quickly became established as a modern classic and a firm audience favourite, and it is making a return to the UK stage in 2014 after a 13 year absence.

Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin’s new work, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, is the latest in his series of dances inspired by science. Following earlier works that brought to life the theories of Einstein and Darwin, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature looks at particle physics the discovery of the Higgs boson ‘God Particle’.

Inspired by a visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, The Strange Charm of Mother Nature sees the dancers fizz with the energy of the microscopic particles that created life and the universe. The musical accompaniment includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and a new piece composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, all played live by the Rambert Orchestra.

Also appearing as part of the evening is Lucinda Childs Four Elements. Intricate patterns and geometric pathways combine with a serene score from Gavin Bryars and striking backdrops from visual artist Jennifer Bartlett to create an elegant minimalist masterpiece.

With inventive choreography, live music, spectacular staging and world-class dancers, this Rambert programme is out of this world.