90 years of Rambert celebrated at Sadler’s Wells

The Creation with Hannah Rudd, Daniel Davidson,Photo: Johan Persson

The Creation with Hannah Rudd, Daniel Davidson,Photo: Johan Persson - Credit: Archant

Marie Rambert founded her company on the principle that all works should be based on cross art form collaboration. In that vein, their latest production, The Creation, involves more than 100 dancers, singers and musicians.

At 90 years old, Rambert is Britain’s oldest national dance company, and is celebrating its birthday with a series of programmes at Sadler’s Wells.

Marie Rambert founded her company on the principle that all works should be based on cross art form collaboration. In that vein, their latest production, The Creation, involves more than 100 dancers, singers and musicians.

Rambert’s artistic director since 2002, Mark Baldwin, has choreographed this piece for upwards of 50 dancers. Baldwin joined the company as a dancer in 1983 before becoming resident choreographer at Sadler’s Wells which he left for his current position with the company.

Inspired by the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost, The Creation is an oratorio written by Haydn at the end of the 18th century. Characterised by lyrical arias and epic choruses, the solo parts are taken by soprano Sarah Tynan, tenor James Gilchrist and Grammy Award winning bass Neal Davies, and conducted by the Rambert’s music director, Paul Hoskins. All three have performed internationally, and with some of the UK’s most loved ensembles, from the BBC Symphony Orchestra to London Philharmonic. This performance is accompanied by the Rambert Orchestra with a choir of BBC Singers.


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An impressive backdrop of a gothic cathedral on the stage, created by Pablo Bronstein, frames the dancers.

The Creation runs at Sadler’s Wells from November 10 to 12, with a pre-performance talk on November 11.

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Tickets from £12 to £45 at sadlerswells.com

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