Rambert are one of The Lowry’s original partner companies, each year bringing a triple bill of some of the UK’s most acclaimed contemporary dance to our Lyric Theatre stage. This year however, we can expect something different. In October the company will perform its first full length narrative dance work for over 30 years.
In a run-down rehearsal room, a director drifts off to sleep with images of the day’s rehearsals running through his mind. In his dreams the play is revisited, recast and replayed, and fantastic images of worlds far beyond his room appear.
‘Life is a Dream’ is a spectacular new dance show from the Olivier Award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup. Alongside dramatic, lyrical dancing from Rambert’s brilliant ensemble, imagery from legendary filmmakers the Quay Brothers creates a dream-like experience, and a live orchestra playing the rich music of Witold Lutosławski adds to the otherworldly atmosphere.
They combine in a contemporary re-imagining of a classic play by Calderón – a study of desires as recognisable in today’s world as at any time in the past 400 years: the longing for authentic experience, and the need to dream.
Choreographer Kim Brandstrup says: ‘The need for dreams is a strong message of ‘Life is a Dream’, and this show has for a long time been a personal dream of mine. It resonates in a world where the lines between reality and fantasy are often blurred. Re-thinking the play to create a full-length dance piece in a contemporary context will, I hope, make its profound insight come alive for a new audience.’
Want to really get to the heart of the action and join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Rambert rehearsing? Purchase a Membership PLUS when buying tickets for this or any other show at The Lowry and gain exclusive access to events such as a special Rambert Company Class (Fri 12 Oct) and much more.