CARLTON MAIN FRICKLEY COLLIERY BAND TO JOIN RAMBERT AT THE ALHAMBRA THEATRE FOR NEW BRASS BAND DANCE WORK
Dark Arteries which premiered at Sadler’s Wells in May is inspired by the miners’ strike which took place 30 years ago. Exploring ideas of industry, conflict and unity the work will see the award-winning Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band take to the stage with Rambert’s world-class dancers in an epic, emotion-filled work about community and change.
Composer Gavin Higgins, comes from a long lineage of brass band musicians dating back to 1895 and received his initial musical training in the family brass band. He has worked closely with some of the country’s leading orchestras and his most recent commission, Velocity, opened the 2014 BBC Last Night of the Proms. Mark Baldwin and Gavin Higgins previously collaborated on 2012’s What Wild Ecstasy.
Rooster is a celebration of the swinging Sixties set to music by the Rolling Stones. A series of courtship dances performed by sharp-suited, snake-hipped men and strong sassy women are accompanied by some of the Stone’s most famous tunes, including Not Fade Away, Paint It Black, As Tears Go By, Sympathy for the Devil and Little Red Rooster. This hugely popular work was created by former Rambert Artistic Director Christopher Bruce in 1991, and is a firmly established modern classic.
Completing the programme is Shobanna Jeyasingh’s Terra Incognita, which draws on urban legends and ancient cartography to look at the politics and power of journeying into the unknown. The work features Jeyasingh’s distinctive style which combines the elaborate patterning of Indian classical dance with contemporary movement, and an electro-acoustic score by composer, DJ and producer Gabriel Prokofiev. Prokofiev’s other recent commissions include a violin concerto marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War for the 2014 BBC Proms.
Rambert delivers an exciting and distinctive programme of world-class dancing, live music and inventive choreography.