The days run away like wild horses

The days run away like wild horses is a new creation by Aletta Collins, set to Arturo Márquez’s pulsating, Cuban-inspired Danzones 1-3. The piece takes its title from a poem by Charles Bukowski: “The days run away like wild horses over the hills”.

The dance begins with a homage to Zbigniew Rybczyński’s Oscar-winning short animated film Tango, expanding on the themes of interaction and repetition to create a witty, vivid study of how different moments combine to form a life.

Aletta is one of the UK’s most in demand choreographers, working widely in theatre, musicals and opera. Her previous creations for Rambert are bloom (2006) and Awakenings (2010).

Aletta Collins
Arturo Márquez
Set and costume design:
Katrina Lindsay
Lighting design:
Andreas Fuchs

Premiere: 16 May 2017, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.
Created in collaboration with and commissioned by Daniel Katz.

Aletta Collins

Born in London, Aletta studied at London Contemporary Dance School and was a dancer and choreographer for London Contemporary Dance Theatre. She has previously choreographed two works for Rambert: Bloom (2006) and Awakenings (2010).

Aletta is a former Associate Artist at the Royal Opera House, where her work included choreographing and directing The Red Balloon, Cocteau Voices and Magical Night in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Choreographic works include: The Hairy Ape (Old Vic and Park Avenue Armory, New York); Sweet Charity (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe and Gang of Five (Phoenix Dance Company and UK Tour); La Traviata (Glyndebourne Festival and UK Tour); Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House and Brooklyn Academy of Music); Driving and Tilting – The Songs of Scott Walker (Barbican); The Effect and His Dark Materials (National Theatre); The Wind in the Willows – The Musical (UK Tour); Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyceum); The Tempest (Royal Opera House – Olivier Award).

Directing work includes: If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me (Young Vic); La Cenerentola , La Fanciulla del West, Dido and Aeneas, La Voix Humaine and Les Noces (Opera North); Carmen (Salzburg Festival); and Philip Pullman’s Aladdin (Bristol Old Vic).

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