RAMBERT Dance Company perform their stunning new show Labyrinth of Love at Eden Court on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday March 20 2013. To book, call the Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234 234 or visit www.eden-court.co.uk.
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 Labyrinth of Love 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 first came to international attention for his symphony Metropolis and is cited by the League of American Orchestras as one of the ten most performed living American composers.
Past scores have paid musical homage to icons of contemporary pop culture: Liberace, Elvis Presley, Jackie Onassis, even Barbie and Superman. The score was a joint commission between Rambert and Present Music, Wisconsin.
It will be sung by soprano Kirsty Hopkins, who performs as a soloist and consort singer all over the world, at venues including the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sydney Opera House and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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.
Created by Tim Rushton, artistic director of Danish Dance Theatre, Monolith is inspired by mystical energies that haunt sites of man-made gathering places. The rhythms of Pēteris Vasks’ gutsy score are the perfect backdrop to Rushton’s Rambert debut.
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- Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.
- Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.
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