Rambert launches groundbreaking new database documenting nine decades of performance history

Created with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Performance Database draws together a wealth of information about the company’s repertoire, performances, personnel, and tours.

The database has five interlinked areas: dance works, performances, people/companies, venues, and a timeline. Users can enter at any point and create their own journeys through the records.

You can access the database by heading to rambert.org.uk/performance-database

With so much information now freely available to explore, here’s a quick introduction to the project by numbers…

458 Dance works

Every piece in Rambert’s repertory since 1926

2,767 performances

Vanessa Kang in Hydragyrum, 2016

While the goal of this ambitious project is to catalogue every performance since Rambert’s launch in 1926, the Rambert Performance Database currently records every Rambert performance from 2015-2017 and the premiere of every piece in Rambert’s repertory since 1926, with full first night casting.

This is a living project; over the summer, further performance records will be added working back to the year 2000 so that a record of every Rambert performance in the 21st century is available.

2,603 People

From dancers to choreographers, to musicians, designers and sponsors; Everyone who has contributed to the dance works in Rambert’s repertory is on record.

523 Venues

With links to every performance at that venue, as well as the former venue names and addresses.

20 Volunteers

Hannah Rudd and Daniel Davidson in The Event, 2017

It would not have been possible to populate the Performance Database without the hard work of volunteers: 13 ‘national’ volunteers working at home around the country – from Brighton to Edinburgh, from Bristol to Norfolk – have input performance details into spreadsheets that have been migrated into the database. 7 London-based volunteers have worked from materials in the archive on a variety of areas.

Rambert gratefully acknowledges the invaluable contribution of the performance database volunteers: Alison, Alison, Amanda, Avril, Bridget, Ceri, Chelsea, Claire, Emily, Lucy, Mark, Mary, Matilda, Miguel, Paula, Regina, Roy, Shelagh, Violet, Zoe.

The Rambert Performance Database is part of Rambert at 90, a project marking the company’s 90th anniversary, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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