Modern dance may not initially be to everyone’s taste, but you should really reserve judgement until you have experienced the sheer pace and athleticism of a Rambert Dance Company production.
The company is currently touring with a repertoire of nine dance pieces, four of which it presented for Norwich Theatre Royal audiences last week, receiving richly deserved ovations.
The superb live music and understated staging all lead to you becoming completely absorbed in the dynamic dance moves the highly-skilled dancers make.
Where traditional ballet tells a story, Rambert expresses pure emotion, its dancers’ expressive twists and turns changing the mood in an instant, taking the pace up and then down again- a real rollercoaster ride.
I loved Sub - with its breathless and frenetic pace - and a tribal dance beat to set your pulse racing. Dutiful Ducks was a witty little ditty superbly executed by dancer Dane Hurst, while Sounddance was graceful and beautiful with a more classical feel to it.
But The Castaways was the most thought-provoking and richly painted with more of a storyline. It followed the journey of twelve souls caught in a no-man’s land with a range of cleverly portrayed characters, talking and chattering and with music ranging from a Yiddish dance to Balkan folk.
With such a diverse range of themes and styles, it was an evening of unforgettable drama and wonderment. JUDY FOSTER