Rambert Dance Company
Fugitives", "Ghost Dances",
by Franz Anton Cramer
July, 2003 -- State Opera House, Berlin
Believe it or not, the Rambert
Dance Company has not performed in Berlin, for the last 17 years. So excitement
was soaring when an exclusive five-performance guest appearance of Britain’s
most famous modern dance company was announced to take place at the now
vacant State Opera House located at the central Unter den Linden boulevard.
Expectations were all the more stirred up as Berlin’s dancescape in the
last 10 years has suffered largely of financial cutbacks, dramatic mismanagement
and political ignorance so that contemporary ballet has not been seen
here since long.
The real sensation of Rambert’s
guest appearance, however, was Wayne McGregor’s “PreSentient”. Excepting
William Forsythe’s dancers, acquainted with an equally frantic, if more
intellectual style, there is probably only one troupe in Germany that
could manage McGregor’s virtuoso disarticulations. The Stuttgart ballet
is the most versatile ballet ensemble in Germany, and they have premiered
a Wayne McGregor piece recently (which unfortunately I haven’t had the
chance to see yet). This radically and in the deepest sense of the word
contemporary aesthetic is what the Berlin public really wanted to see.
After the last pirouette and the last geometrical shape had faded into
dark, amazement turned to sheer enthusiasm.
Edited by Stuart Sweeney
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