Ramber announces Rambert2 and opens worldwide talent search.

Applications open Friday 1 December

Where: London, UK

When: February 2018

40-date tour opens in autumn 2018

  • A pioneering new ensemble created by Rambert in partnership with Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, supported by The Linbury Trust
  • Open auditions will be held for dancers, with successful applicants receiving full financial support to live and work in London
  • Rambert2 will tour a programme of dance by Rafael Bonachela, Sharon Eyal and Benoit-Swan Pouffer, as well as Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyot for schools
  • Rambert2 dancers will be funded to complete an MA in Professional Dance Performance

Britain’s leading contemporary dance company is inviting the world’s finest early-career dancers to join Rambert2, a new wing of the company designed to develop and showcase the next generation of highly skilled, thinking dancers.

Rambert2 will tour the UK in autumn 2018 with a triple bill of works by three of the most exciting choreographers working in dance today. Alongside revivals of Rafael Bonachela’s and Sharon Eyal’s breakthrough works E2 7SD and Killer Pig, Rambert2 will create a new piece by former Alvin Ailey dancer and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer.

Rambert2 will be the first junior ensemble attached to a UK repertory company – something practised with great success by companies in other countries, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Nederlands Dans Theater. It is the first programme in the world to integrate professional experience at the highest level with postgraduate study. Each dancer will receive financial support equivalent to the London Living Wage and be based at Rambert’s home on London’s south bank.

Rambert2 dancers will complete a 12-month programme with four strands: training, performing, academic study, and outreach activity including schools’ workshops and community events. For schools, Rambert2 will remount Kamuyot, a work created by world-famous choreographer Ohad Naharin for non-theatre spaces and teenage audiences. Rambert2 will perform on the Sadler’s Wells stage in London in November 2018, and tour to 15 venues throughout the UK, expanding Rambert’s presence nationally and introducing substantial audiences across the country to the work of cutting-edge, international dance-makers, whose work is rarely seen in the UK outside of London.

During their year, dancers will complete a new postgraduate qualification, MA in Professional Dance Performance, awarded by Rambert School, one of the country’s leading dance conservatoires. Rambert2 will be funded through a combination of box office revenues, Rambert’s core funding from Arts Council England and a major three-year grant from The Linbury Trust. Rambert2’s debut season is also supported by Sadler’s Wells.

Outstanding contemporary dancers at the very beginning of their careers are invited to apply from Friday 1 December to join the first Rambert2 cohort from July 2018. Open auditions will be held in London in February 2018.

For full details, see www.rambert.org.uk/rambert2.

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