London-based Rambert are the oldest and most prolific dance company in the UK, with an unparalleled history of producing both contemporary and classical dance of the highest quality for their audiences.

This year saw Rambert perform their production Tomorrow as part of the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives programme, a series of events and activities across the UK to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Tomorrow

Staged at North London’s leading dance venue Sadler’s Wells, Tomorrow has seen Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin working with Rambert to produce an exhilarating interpretation of Macbeth, which offers a visceral and intensely corporeal translation of psychological trauma in the wake of murder. An extract from the performance can be seen in the video at the top of this page. 

Guerin’s first work with Rambert, Tomorrow sees the story played out in reverse – beginning with the death of Macbeth – with an emphasis on immediacy over narrative and movement over speech. Mirroring Shakespeare’s own use of time, space and repetition to guide the action as it occurs on stage, Guerin’s choreography offers a refreshing take on Shakespearean language. Learn more about Lucy Guerin and her work on the production in the rehearsal clip beneath. 

London composer Scanner has created a two-part score for the show, combining a string ensemble with an electronic ‘pulse’. This results in a unique compositional tension that complements the dancers’ performance. Take a look behind the scenes in the orchestral rehearsal video below.

From studio to stage

Once the show has been choreographed and the music prepared, Tomorrow must be readied for a live audience. Rigorous technical rehearsals are required, and elements such as set design, lighting and costume transform the production into an awe-inspiring spectacle. In the video above, watch as members of the cast and crew explain the work that goes into each technical rehearsal.

Tomorrow is an electrifying and inspiring tribute to Shakespeare’s legacy, offering a crucial reimagining of one of the Bard’s greatest plays. Set to tour the UK in Spring 2017, the show is a fine example of the innovative and groundbreaking work that Rambert continues to produce.

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