Internationally renowned dance company Rambert fills the River Bank stageInternationally renowned dance company Rambert fills the stage with unique dance from their wonderful, thrilling, repertoire. River Stage returns this summer to bring you the best live music, dance, performances, DJs and workshops from partners across the country. Featuring take over weekends from East London’s The Glory, Latitude Festival, Mayfest, Rambert dance company and a weekend of music, dance, performance and outdoor cinema from the National Theatre, there is something for everyone this summer. An eclectic combination of theatre, guest DJs, live music in the afternoon and late evening, family fun, vibrant dance and the very best live music acts - this is a free summer festival not to be missed.
A Linha Curva, Musicians from the Rambert Orchestra (7pm-7:20pm) – A Linha Curva is a percussion score by the Dutch band Percossa. The concert will feature four percussionists from the Rambert Orchestra playing the samba inspired score in full.
Without End by Middleton Corpus (7:45pm-8pm) – Without End is a trio dance/acrobatic performance, exploring the concept of time and erosion.
Rift by Simone Damberg Würtz (8:30pm-8:45pm) – Rift explores the unshakeable sense of guilt a death can have on the conscience, creating rifts in body, soul, time and place.
NaY by Mbulelo Ndabeni (9:30pm-9:45pm) – Mbulelo Ndabeni is a London based dancer/choreographer and director of N’da Dance Company.
Collectress (10pm-10:45pm) – Collectress are a quartet of long-term multi-instrumentalist collaborators, creating their distinctive world of experimental chamber music with a strong sense of narrative.They have a collective biography of collaborations including Bat For Lashes, Patrick Wolf, Philip Selway (Radiohead) and Penguin Café.
20 August (12pm-1pm) – Family Workshop for two to four years and parents or carers. Designed to let children’s imaginations run wild through games, play and dance. This workshop will introduce very young children to dance and movement with their parents or carers
Yoga Class (1pm-1:30pm) – Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha Yoga.
Contemporary Dance Class (2pm-3pm) – This class will introduce people to contemporary dance technique and movement. No previous experience required - all you need is enthusiasm!
A Linha Curva workshop (3pm-4pm) – This workshop is a great chance to learn some moves from A Linha Curva, Rambert’s party piece: a riotous explosion of colourful, samba-fuelled dance! No previous dance experience required.
Quicksilver (4:45pm-5pm) – Quicksilver, Rambert’s youth company for dancers aged 15 – 19 years, perform a brand new work created by the group’s artistic director Laura Harvey.
Within Her Eyes by James Cousins Company (7pm-7:20pm) – Within Her Eyes is an acclaimed duet created by rising choreographic star James Cousins.
Ruffle by Carols Pons Guerra (7:30pm-7:40pm) – Ruffle is an intense but witty duet about male instincts and behaviour by Leeds-based Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra.
Rift by Simone Damberg Würtz (7:45pm-8pm) – Rift explores the unshakeable sense of guilt a death can have on the conscience, creating rifts in body, soul, time and place.
Julie Cunningham (8pm-8:15pm) – Work from Julie Cunningham, a former dancer with Michael Clark Company and Merce Cunningham Dance Company, recently appointed as Rambert’s inaugural Leverhulme Choreography Fellow.
Piano Play by Yshani Perinpanayagam (9:15pm-10pm) – Rambert's Company Pianist explores game and play at the piano. Featuring 147 by Benjamin Oliver, a selection of Játékok by György Kurtág and Game On for piano and Commodore 64 by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
Yoga Class (12pm-1pm) – Suitable for people wanting to increase strength, flexibility and stamina, this class is based in the Vinyasa flow style of Hatha Yoga.
Children's Dance Class (1:30pm-2pm) – This fun class is for children aged 5 years and over. Participants will be introduced to contemporary dance technique and will have the chance to explore their own creativity.
Dance Class – for adults aged 60 years and over (2:30pm-3:30pm) – Whether you have tried dance before or this is your first time, this workshop will be a fun way to engage with the work of one of the UK's flagship contemporary dance companies.
Rooster Workshop (4pm-5pm) – This workshop will give participants the chance to learn movement from Christopher Bruce's iconic work Rooster, which is set to the music of the Rolling Stones. No previous dance experience required.
Mercury Movers and Hounslow Seniors (5:30pm-6pm) - The Mercury Movers and Hounslow Seniors are two dance groups that Rambert runs for older adults in London. Both groups will be performing new work they have created inspired by a piece of Rambert’s repertoire.
The festival is a collaborative partnership showcasing world-class programming and presenting new and diverse artists and acts with something for everyone to enjoy. The free outdoor season will take place on the River Stage, in front of the National Theatre, with events hosted every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday from 29 July until 29 August.
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