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.
‘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’
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