Trio of dances to be staged at Theatre Royal Bath

PUBLISHED: 19:23 31 October 2017

Rambert dancer Hannah Rudd. Picture: Ellie Kurttz.

Rambert dancer Hannah Rudd. Picture: Ellie Kurttz.

Ellie Kurttz

A triple bill of dancing is on the cards in Bath over the coming three nights.

Theatre group Rambert will bring Christopher Bruce’s iconic Ghost Dances to life as part of the show.

It will feature alongside Goat – a piece of work inspired by civil rights activist and performer Nina Simone – and Aletta Collins’ witty The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses.

Ghost Dances, which was created and first performed back in the early 1980s, is a tale of love, compassion and ultimately death.

The piece is set to Latin American folk music and has been revived by Rambert after a 10-year hiatus.

The two other dances however are new to audiences.

Goat features a selection of Simone’s best-loved songs and explores the overlap between dance and drama.

And The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses is based on the poem of the same name and showcases the vivid depiction of great moments which make up our lives.

Mark Baldwin, Rambert’s artistic director, is looking forward to performing at the Theatre Royal Bath this week.

He said: “Bath has a hugely significant part in Rambert’s touring story and, continuing our 74-year-old history with the theatre, I am thrilled to present Ghost Dances, Rambert’s enduring masterwork, which returns after 13 years to move new generations of dance-lovers.

“On this special occasion, this programme also includes two diverse and dynamic works: Ben Duke’s new work Goat sees him explore in his own way the psyche, songs and characters of the incomparable Nina Simone, both joyous diva and malcontent.

”In The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses, the theatrical Aletta Collins aligns her witty and agile choreography to the rhythmic excitement of Arturo Marquez’s Cuban-inspired music.

“I’m so proud to be showing this brilliant collection of dances here.”

The shows will start tonight (Thursday) and continue until Saturday.

They all begin at 7.30pm, but there will also be 2.30pm matinees tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

A free pre-show talk will take place tomorrow at 6.30pm.

Tickets for the dances, priced £14.50-32.50, are available on 01225 448844 or at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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