Rambert Dance Celebrates 85 Years

Artistic director Mark Baldwin and dancer Patricia Okenwa talk to Torin Douglas

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Artistic director Mark Baldwin and dancer Patricia Okenwa will talk to the BBC’s Torin Douglas about the company’s 85 years at the heart of British dance - with video clips. 7.30 for 8pm Wednesday June 15th. St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, Bath Road, W4 1TX. Tickets £12 (£9 concessions)

Rambert Dance Company (formerly Ballet Rambert) is Britain’s oldest dance company. Based in Chiswick, it employs more dancers and artists than any other in the UK.

Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, for 85 years.

‘A Tragedy of Fashion’, choreographed by Frederick Ashton, then a pupil of Marie Rambert's, is considered the beginning of the Company and is also regarded as the birth of British Ballet. The image attached of ‘A Tragedy of Fashion’ was taken at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and shows Marie Rambert as Ochidee, Frederick Ashton as Monsieur Duchic, Elizabeth Vincent and Frances James as models Desir du cygne and Rose d'lspahan.

In a birthday message, Artistic Director Mark Baldwin – a leading dancer and choreographer - writes:

“Happy Birthday Rambert. With work on our new purpose built premises on London's South Bank about to begin, a host of young choreographers from within the Company's ranks set to do another showing and two exciting big new works being made for the next tour, how could I not be thrilled about this notable milestone of a birthday?

“Rambert has an incredible and illustrious history but thanks to the generous donations of a host of trusts and foundations and private individuals and Arts Council England's vision and foresight, the long term future of the Company is secured.”


June 14, 2011