Rambert at 90: looking back over two years of celebration
Rambert at 90 was a nationwide programme of activity led by the Rambert archive, celebrating the whole range of the company’s work.
The programme was commissioned to mark the company’s 90th anniversary and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund from 2016 to 2018.
Its ten wide-ranging strands involved more than 50 volunteers and 500 workshop participants, delivering projects online, in theatres, schools and communities, giving tens of thousands of people the opportunity to deepen their involvement with dance.
Rambert Performance Database
Providing access to nine decades of performance history, the Performance Database draws together a wealth of information about the company’s repertoire, performances, personnel, and tours.
36 people from eight decades of Rambert’s history were interviewed about their involvement in and experience of the company. The interviews provide valuable insights into Rambert’s history and the development of British dance in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Online programmes catalogue
More than 2,000 theatre programmes and related materials were digitised and have been made available online to view using ‘page-turning’ technology. Dating from 1926 to 1989, the programmes and other items cover Rambert’s tours in the UK and abroad.
History infographic posters
More than 120 A Level students from 10 schools around England took part in workshops to devise nine infographic posters, one for each decade of Rambert’s history. Illustrating key works, events, and people in the decade, the infographics are freely available for use in the National Curriculum.
Young filmmakers’ documentaries
Four teams of young people from Lambeth and Southwark, aged 25 and under, made a short documentary about Rambert’s visit to a venue while on tour: Norwich Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton, and Garsington Opera.
The videos include footage of class and rehearsals, interviews with key members of staff, and clips of archival films from the Rambert Archive. The teams were trained in film-making skills by project partner Iconic Steps, a social enterprise video training company.
Four online galleries are based on themes describing Rambert’s history, policies, and ideals. Each gallery contains photographs and images of artefacts from the archive.