Rambert Dance

Rambert - Carnival 4 (c) Hugo Glendinning

By Jeremy Miles

Extraordinary and exquisite dance of the very highest calibre sent a tangible buzz of pleasure through the Lighthouse Theatre last night (Tuesday October 20).

The evening found the unparalleled Rambert Dance Company feeding the senses with their critically acclaimed Comedy of Change tour.

The title is a reference to the central piece in this three dance production  (taken from a five work repertoire) - a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On The Origin of Species that finds, dance, nature and science brought together in a glorious piece of theatre.

Created by Rambert artistic director Mark Baldwin and set to music by Julian Anderson, it was at turns delicate, tense and thought-provoking and like the other two works, wonderfully set, imaginatively lit and beautifully danced. It explores natural selection and the battle for survival; courtship rituals and the need to hide or display. 

The evening opened with Tread Softly, an emotionally tense but compelling piece choreographed by Henri Oguike and set to Schubert’s Death and the Maiden String Quartet.

 It closed with Rambert's joyful take on Carnival of the Animals  choregraphed by Siobhan Davies and danced to Saint-Saens' music.

Rambert Dance Company are at Lighthouse in Poole until Friday October 23.

© Jeremy Miles 2022