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River Stage weekend takeover: Rambert

Rambert

18 to 20 August

River Stage weekend takeover: Rambert

Internationally renowned dance company Rambert fills the stage with various solo and group pieces from their stunning repertoire.

Summer pop-ups
While visiting, why not grab a drink or a bite to eat from one of the new summer pop-ups? Enjoy a gourmet wood-fired pizza from the Pizza Van, mix yourself a cocktail made of botanical ingredients from the Apothecary bar or grab a cold beer from the Understudy Riverside Pop-Up Bar. There is something for everyone at the NT this summer.

Friday

Music by A Linha Curva

19:15 – 19:40

Devised in Sao Paolo to celebrate Brazilian culture, A Linha Curva sees four percussionists share over 50 instruments. Evoking samba, capoeira and the sound of the beach at night, Rambert musicians have been touring it around the UK.

Quicksilver

20:00 – 20:15

Quicksilver is Rambert’s company for dancers aged 15 - 19. Led by Laura Harvey, the company is named after the Mercury Theatre (Rambert’s original home in the1920s) and the nickname of our founder, Marie Rambert.

New Creation by Patricia Okenwa

20:30 – 20:45

An extract of a work-in-progress from up-and-coming choreographer and former Ramber dancer Patricia Okenwa. The piece for two dancers is an exploration of motherhood, inspired by the Stabat Mater.

Collapse by New Movement Collective

21:00 – 21:15

New Movement Collective present excerpts from Collapse, a period drama created in collaboration with 3D laser artists ScanLAB Projects, with music by composer and cellist Oliver Coates. This highly physical work celebrates the imperfect in today's technology, probing the complexities of time, group memory and the cyclical nature of societal evolution. 

Tempus by Simone Damberg Würtz

21:45 – 22:00

Rambert dancer Simone Damberg Würtz created Tempus as a duet for male dancers to the accompaniment of Game On, a score by former Rambert music fellow Cheryl Frances-Hoad for live piano and a Commodore 64 computer from the 1980s.

Saturday

Yoga Class

12:00 – 12:45

Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha Yoga. Postures are sequenced together to create a fluid moving meditation.

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Contemporary Workshop

13:00 – 14:00

This class will introduce people to Rambert’s distinctive contemporary dance technique and movement. No previous experience required - all you need is enthusiasm!

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Family Workshop

14:30 – 15:15

Designed to let children’s imaginations run wild through games, play and dance, this workshop introduces very young children to dance and movement with their parents or carers.

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Children's Workshop

15:15 – 16:00

A fun, high-energy workshop offering a fantastic introduction to contemporary dance. Children of all ages and abilities can learn steps from Rambert dances and explore different ways of moving.

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Ghost Dances workshop

16:15 – 17:15

Learn the iconic moves from Rambert’s most famous work, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances. Taught by people who have danced the work, it is a chance for people of all abilities to inhabit this timeless evocation of South American culture.

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Music from Ghost Dances

19:00 – 19:30

Ghost Dances is Rambert’s celebrated work inspired by the plight of Chilean political prisoners in the 1970s. The atmospheric folk music, incredibly evocative of the Andes, is performed by Chilean singer Claudia Figueroa and musicians on pan-pipes, quena and guitars.

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Doublespeak by Daniel Davidson

20:00 – 20:15

Doublespeak is a work created by Rambert dancer Daniel Davidson, inspired by the paintings of Odd Nerdrum and Mark Rothko, and the music Nico Muhly. This abstract work evokes ideas of hunting, defending and evolution.

New Creation - Carolyn Bolton / Anna Appleby / Mbulelo Ndabeni

20:45 – 21:00

A first performance of a work-in-progress collaboration between composer Anna Appleby, dancer Carolyn Bolton and Creator of N’da Dance Company Mbulelo Ndabeni. The piece is a solo work danced by Ndabeni which explores the seeds of chaos and tackles the madness created during conflict.

Ulysses Awakes by Alexander Whitley

21:30 – 21:45

A solo for a male dancer created by Rambert associate Alexander Whitley to music by John Woolrich. Alexander is a former Rambert dancer whose company makes its debut at Sadler’s Wells in June 2017.

Music from Nia Lynn

22:00 – 22:30

Jazz singer Nia Lynn tours with Rambert this autumn in a work by Ben Duke, inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone. This set gives a sneak preview of the new work, performed with pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam and drummer Rob Millett.

Sunday

Yoga Class

12:00 – 12:45

Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha Yoga. Postures are sequenced together to create a fluid moving meditation.

See more family activities at the NT here.

Over 60s Workshop

12:45 – 13:45

Whether you have tried dance before or this is your first time, this workshop will be a fun way to engage with the work of Rambert. The workshop includes a gentle warm-up followed by a chance to learn moves from Rambert’s repertoire.

R Quintessence and Mercury Movers

14:45 – 15:15

R Quintessence and the Mercury Movers are dance groups for older adults in London. They meet for regular classes and workshops, and create performance works. They’re sharing at the River Stage works they have been inspired to create.

Rep Workshop

15:15 – 16:15

Tomorrow is one of Rambert’s most striking recent works, a re-imagining in dance of Macbeth, created by Lucy Guerin. This workshop is your chance to learn some of the choreography and imagine yourself in the dark and dangerous world of Shakespeare’s anti-hero. No dance experience is required.

Quicksilver

16:30 – 17:00

Quicksilver is Rambert’s company for dancers aged 15 - 19. Led by Laura Harvey, the company is named after the Mercury Theatre (Rambert’s original home in the1920s) and the nickname of the company’s founder, Marie Rambert.

Summer pop-ups

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

An outdoor pop-up cocktail bar on the river front.

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Ice Cream Van

Our vintage ice cream van selling soft serve ice cream, gelato and soft drinks.

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National Theatre Ice cream van

Garden Bar at the Green Room

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine on the grass in the Green Room Garden.

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Green Room Garden Bar

Pizza Van

Pizza made to order in our wood-fired oven, in a vintage Citroen van.

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Pizza Van - pizzas in the oven

River Stage weekend takeovers