Rambert to create its first full length narrative dance work in over 30 years

Life is a Dream

We are delighted to announce a landmark new production for Rambert, created by Danish choreographer and two time Olivier award-winner Kim Brandstrup and premiering in May 2018. Life is a Dream will be a two-act, modern reimagining of the 17th-century play by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca about free will, dreams and reality. This is the first full-length narrative work created for Rambert in over 30 years, since Glen Tetley’s The Tempest in 1979.

Life is a Dream tells the story of Prince Sigismundo, who has been unjustly incarcerated from childhood. He is granted a single day of freedom: should he avenge the wrong done to him, or enjoy his liberty? And can it all be real, or is he living in a dream?

Kim Brandstrup returns to Rambert after creating the National Dance Award-winning Transfigured Night in 2016. Projections by legendary filmmakers the Quay Brothers will transform the space into a dreamlike world, taking the audience from bare rooms to urban cityscapes, magical gardens and baroque theatres. A full-size symphony orchestra adds to the other-worldly atmosphere with the rich, harmonious music of the great 20th century composer Witold Lutosławski.

Life is a Dream premieres at Sadler’s Wells, London, on 23 May 2018, before touring to Bergen International Festival and other UK and international venues through to 2019.

Details and updates about further tour venues and dates to be announced here.

‘Though written nearly 400 years ago, Life is a Dream is remarkably contemporary and resonates strongly in a world where the lines between reality and fantasy are increasingly blurred. By rethinking the play for contemporary dancers in a modern context, I hope to make its profound insight resonate for a new audience’

Kim Brandstrup

This film features the following dancers: Hannah Rudd, Jacob O’Connell, Liam Francis, Juan Gil.

Life Is A Dream is commissioned by Bergen International Festival and is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute / Polska Music, Cockayne Grants for the Arts – a donor-advised fund of The London Community Foundation.

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