Dance straight from the heart

lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, February 8, 2013
lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, February 8, 2013
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Rambert Dance Company, Britain’s national company for contemporary dance and an Associate Company of Theatre Royal Brighton, make their annual visit to the Theatre in February 2013 as part of their Spring tour.

The title piece, Labyrinth Of Love, is inspired by the love poems and prose of seven women – including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mary Shelley, Sappho and with a nod to screen icon Elizabeth Taylor.

Marguerite Donlon’s piece reflects the bitterness, desire, longing, ecstasy, irony, tenderness, despair, hope, sadness and humour associated with the heart.

It is set to a commissioned score by one of America’s most performed composers, Michael Daugherty, and accompanied live on stage by a soprano.

Production design is by renowned visual artist Mat Collishaw and set and costume designer Conor Murphy.

Labyrinth Of Love is Marguerite Donlon’s debut work for Rambert and her first large scale work in the UK.

Marguerite is currently Director of Ballet at the Saarländischen Staatstheater, Germany (Donlon Dance Company) for whom recent successes include Giselle: Reloaded, Faust and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Previously Marguerite danced with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and English National Ballet and during this time she was coached by many world-renowned artists including Natalia Makarova, Rudolf Nureyev and Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

The score for Labyrinth Of Love is written by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, who is cited by the League of American Orchestras as one of the ten most performed living American composers.

The score will be sung by soprano Kirsty Hopkins, who performs as a soloist and consort singer all over the world.

In addition, Rambert will perform the following repertoire as part of its Labyrinth of Love Tour 2013:

Inspired by Debussy’s languorous and shimmering score and considered to be one of the first modern ballets, L’Après-midi d’un faune, created for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, caused a furore at its first performance 100 years ago. The Rambert version of Vaslav Nijinsky’s seminal short ballet is revived by the Company for the first time in almost 30 years.

In What Wild Ecstasy innate sexual attraction drives men and women to size each other up on the dancefloor in a primal ritual, as nature’s powerful forces take over. Mark Baldwin’s brand new modern-day take on L’Après-midi d’un faune is set to a pulsing and feral score by Gavin Higgins, commissioned for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Call 0844 871 7650 for tickets (subject to booking fee) or visit

Tickets £11- £25.