REVIEW | Rambert | The Lowry

Last night Rambert took to the stage at the Lowry to perform three pieces from their autumn season, including the premiere of Flight.

Rambert bring a contrast of varying pieces which each have their own distinct styles. Opening with Flight, choreographed by Malgorzata Dziezon, it is a piece about movement and borders. The dancers use moving walls to create the feeling of entrapment. Experimenting with the idea of isolation, their movement is delicately strong as they move against each other, fighting for space.

As the scenes layer and the pace builds, the dancers begin the piece as soloists, but as it progresses they connect with one another to become duets and then a final ensemble. Choreographer Dziezon questioned how we organise ourselves in crowded spaces, and the piece uses that idea in filling and emptying space.

Rambert: Frames ©Tristram Kenton

Rambert: Frames
©Tristram Kenton

The second piece, Frames, is choreographed by Alexander Whitley. His vision was to create a performance that centres around the idea of our need for material things. With the dancers all dressed in contemporary factory-style clothing, they represent dancers at work. As they are confronted with a mass of metal materials, they use them to create a performance, resulting in the materials coming alive.

As the dancers entangle themselves within the frames, they create stunning images through movement. Whitley asks: “What does dance itself produce if no visible artefact is left over from the dancers’ efforts?” An interesting question that is built upon in his piece, as the dancers’ interaction with the metal bars are sharp and mesmerising.

Their use of lighting is compelling, with blaring torch lights placed onto the top of their frames, it creates stunning silhouettes of light and shadow. This is also displayed through the sound, as the pulsating track builds tension. The whole performance has a mechanical feel, and the formidable movement creates beautiful patterns.

Rambert: A Linha Curva

Rambert: A Linha Curva

The final piece, and climax of the evening, is A Linha Curva which is choreographed by Itzik Galili. After working on Rambert’s original staging of A Linha Curva in 2009, Galili provides a modernised adaptation.

The South American flavour is brought to the performance through the incredible band that are live and visible on stage throughout. Through their interesting combination of music and vocals, they create a truly atmospheric performance.

The stage is littered with dancers that transition on and off stage in a constant flow. Following the direction of the lighting grid that moves across the dance floor, the performance is structurally excellent. The choreography itself is sensual, vibrant and playful, with excerpts of comedy intertwined within the piece.

The dancers are tight and remarkably precise, as their bodies flow to the rhythm of the music yet are completely in time with the percussive score. The energy of the piece is unbelievably vivacious and the flamboyancy takes contemporary dance to a whole new level. It is an infectious performance that showcases the versatility of the company.

The synergy within the company is electric as they perform immaculately with precision and flair.

****4 star

Rambert are on at the Lowry until the 30th of September, and tickets can be found here.

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