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New score by Music Lecturer premieres this week with Rambert Dance Company

Posted on 29/05/2012
Dancer Antonette Dayrit (c) Tony Nandi

Dancer Antonette Dayrit performs for the Season of new choreography 2012 (c) Tony Nandi

A new score by a music lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, will make its premiere at Rambert Dance Company’s Season of new choreography 2012 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, this week.

Mark Bowden, Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, created the new work, Viriditas, in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Patricia Okenwa and designer Hyemi Shin, inspired by the composer and abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179). This is Mark’s second original composition for Rambert in his role as the Company’s Music Fellow, a year-long post which comes to an end this week. In February he also premiered his arrangement of Debussy’s Prelude a L’Apres-midi d’un faune for the Company’s version of Nijinsky’s 1912 ballet of the same name.

Mark explains: “In the music for Viriditas, six types of material, all derived from a continuous and never repeating melodic line, are intertwined to create a continually shifting structure that moves between moments of tranquil calmness and erratic, hocketing episodes. The piece as a whole can be thought of as an imagined ritual for dancers, musicians and audience: an expression of catharsis and resolution.”

The dance will be performed by five female dancers and is part of an annual evening of brand new dance by several choreographers from within Rambert’s own ranks, with music performed live by members of the Rambert Orchestra. Earlier this year, the artists presenting this week’s works spent two weekends at Rambert working on a series of short projects under the guidance of composer Matteo Fargion, providing a springboard for the collaborations. Mark is supportive of Rambert’s commitment to placing new music for dance at the heart of its work – he says: “Once again the work on show represents a diverse range of new and innovative creative approaches to the creation of dance and music.”

Rambert Dance Company’s Season of new choreography 2012 is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Thursday 31 May at 7.30pm.Tickets £10 - £20. Performance includes a free post-show ‘meet the artists’ Q&A session. To book, visit the South Bank Centre online booking site.


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