RAMBERT; GHOST DANCERS, THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE

An evening of modern dance at the Theatre Royal. Rambert's Ghost Dancers tells the dark tale of Pinochet's repression in Chile.
GHOST DANCERS

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Ghost Dancers is the ‘hit’ from the dance company’s 80s back catalogue.

It is Rambert’s most requested piece – for a reason. A politically inspired story reflecting the horrors of Pinochet’s repression in Chile – it has much resonance today. Alongside this, Rambert’s programme features two other wildly differing piece showing great power, presence and skill. The subtle Symbiosis and the jazzy set of Goat.

WHO’S IN IT?

The young, vibrant company includes Newcastle’s Adam Park, a former pupil of Dame Allen’s School and Dance City.

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?

It’s the benchmark for modern dance and a privilege to watch.

The Ghost Dancers in question are three skeletal performers in their dramatic costume and make-up owning the stage with their deathwish. We see ordinary a glimpse of ordinary folk; their everyday life enacted with traditional dance to music that brings haunting pan pipes and tango the stage.

The small set pieces are rich with drama, skill and, always, superb live music – particularly so in Goat with its on-stage jazz trio performing the songs of Nina Simone with mesmerising vocalist Emma Smith. This pieces explodes into life with a version of Simone’s fabulous Feelin’ Good as we see a group of uptight characters begin to unravel before our eyes before a narrator (yes, the spoken word) begins his story.

The evening begins with the beguiling Symbiosis piece. Angular dance, a sometimes frenzied pace and astonishing movement are meant to reflect the  behavior of people in an urban, bustling cityscape. You can’t take your eyes off the performers as they bend, jiggle and swoop their way through a landscape of interaction.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT?

Anyone who has never experience modern dance. Prepared to be swept away by the mix of strength, grace awesome flexibility shown by the dancers – and their interplay with bold music scores.

WHEN IS IT ON?

Until Thursday 8 February.


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