London-based Rambert are the oldest and most prolific dance company in the UK, with an unparalleled history of producing both contemporary and classical dance of the highest quality for their audiences.
This year saw Rambert perform their production Tomorrow as part of the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives programme, a series of events and activities across the UK to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
Staged at North London’s leading dance venue Sadler’s Wells, Tomorrow has seen Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin working with Rambert to produce an exhilarating interpretation of Macbeth, which offers a visceral and intensely corporeal translation of psychological trauma in the wake of murder. An extract from the performance can be seen in the video at the top of this page.
Guerin’s first work with Rambert, Tomorrow sees the story played out in reverse – beginning with the death of Macbeth – with an emphasis on immediacy over narrative and movement over speech. Mirroring Shakespeare’s own use of time, space and repetition to guide the action as it occurs on stage, Guerin’s choreography offers a refreshing take on Shakespearean language. Learn more about Lucy Guerin and her work on the production in the rehearsal clip beneath.
London composer Scanner has created a two-part score for the show, combining a string ensemble with an electronic ‘pulse’. This results in a unique compositional tension that complements the dancers’ performance. Take a look behind the scenes in the orchestral rehearsal video below.