Rambert at 90

Rambert at 90 is a nationwide programme of activity celebrating the whole range of the company’s work, commissioned to mark our 90th anniversary this year.

Rambert was founded in 1926 by Marie Rambert. The company’s repertoire at the time was ballet-based until the 1950s and 60s, which saw the development of a new, British form of contemporary dance. In 1966 Rambert reinvented itself as a contemporary dance company, becoming the first company to commission and stage works in this new genre.

Rambert has helped to shape the landscape of dance in the UK and our artistic programme, talent development, public engagement and commitment to touring world-class contemporary dance continues to place us at the heart of contemporary dance in the UK.

Running from June 2016, Rambert at 90 will celebrate our collaborations across different art forms, our commitment to championing new and emerging talent and the important role our heritage plays in our work. Rambert at 90 will give tens of thousands of people the opportunity to deepen their involvement with dance.

Rambert at 90:

  • In collaboration with Garsington Opera and acclaimed visual artist Pablo Bronstein, Rambert will present a new dance staging of Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation. With a cast of over 120 performers, The Creation will be our biggest work to date.
  • The Lowry in Salford has commissioned leading contemporary artists to create work inspired by our 90-year heritage for a major new exhibition Perpetual Movement running at The Lowry 29 October 2016 – 26 February 2017.
  • Contemporaries, a triple bill of work at Sadler’s Wells in November showcasing a new generation of choreographers. The programme will feature Frames by Alexander Whitley and the London premieres of Flight by Malgorzata Dzierzon and Patricia Okenwa’s Hydrargyrum.
  • The Leverhulme Choreography Fellowship, for professional dancers who wish to make the transition to working full time as a choreographer.
  • Rambert’s heritage on tour. During our 90th year Rambert will launch its biggest ever programme of public engagement. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the programme will include a nationwide oral history and volunteer project to help tell the story of Rambert’s role in establishing British dance. The programme will also include new education and creative projects for young people aged 14-25, older people and families.
  • The return of one of Rambert’s most requested works, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.
  • A special two-week edition of Rambert Revealed, our annual programme of public events.
  • A new £5 ticket initiative for under 30s.


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