Rambert Dance Co: Theatre Royal Bath
Rambert Dance Company
What a delicious confection of creativity, dance, music and, this time, poetry, the Rambert delights us with each time it comes to Bath.
This new season is no exception, starting with Labyrinth of Love, a stunning work inspired by love poetry written by or about women.
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The dance – a collaboration between Marguerite Donlon, Michael Daugherty and Mat Collishaw - premiered in the UK just last month and its Bath audience received it rapturously on Thursday night.
The poems, which span 2,000 years and range from Sappho to Emily Dickinson to Elizabeth Taylor, are sung delightfully by soprano Kirsty Hopkins who wanders among the dancers. Dressed all in white, they reflect a range of emotions echoed in the music and an ever-changing background of visual imagery.
Sounddance, a revival of a 1970s piece choreographed by Merce Cunningham himself, is equally a visual and auditory feast with its densely layered percussive sound score and a glowing golden curtained drop of convoluted folds.
The movements are complex, with lifts, spins and couplings that together with the driving force of the score lift you the watcher from your seat and carry you off into constant eddies and flows until the dance winds itself backwards and the stage is left empty. Beautiful.
The final piece, Elysian Fields, inspired by Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire, is another visual stunner that replicates in dance the violence, heat and simmering passions of the story.
It begins with striking black silhouettes against a red background, atmospheric music that pays homage to the score of the 1950s film and a repetitive narration that adds to the emotional charge.
This is an evening not to be missed. From the fluidity of the dancers' movements to the joy of the accompanying music and the imaginative sets, it's an experience to lift the senses and bring delight in the beauty of the human frame.