Rambert is one of Britain’s national dance companies – an ensemble of world-class dancers and live orchestra performing classic and contemporary works to give audiences an exhilarating theatrical experience.  They return to Oxford’s New Theatre this week with a programme which combines works old and new.  Back on the UK stage for the first time in thirteen years, the iconic Rooster by choreographer Christopher Bruce brings the rock’n’roll swagger of the Rolling Stones thrillingly to life in this evocation of the swinging sixties.  Transporting the audience to the coolest nightspot in town, sharp-suited, snake-hipped men and strong, sassy women perform virtuoso courtship dances to some of the Stones’ most famous tunes, including: Not Fade Away, Paint It Black, As Tears Go By, Sympathy for the Devil and, naturally, Little Red Rooster.

‘Funny, sharp and sexy’
Daily Telegraph

Combining dark humour and inventive movement to infectious world music, Barak Marshall’s The Castaways is a terrific piece of dance theatre

‘Rambert’s dancers play out their dramas and foibles as superbly as they ride the irresistible wave of Marshall’s choreography’
The Times

A pairing of works across history completes Rambert’s hugely enjoyable programme.  Nijinsky‘s controversial L’Après-midi d’un faune, set to one of Debussy’s most popular scores, caused scandal when it was first performed by the legendary Ballets Russes 100 years ago.  The energetic and heart-stopping What Wild Ecstasy is company director Mark Baldwin‘s modern-day take on Nijinsky’s work; set to a pulsing and feral score by Gavin Higgins, commissioned as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, What Wild Ecstasy had its world première in Aberdeen on 15 February 2012.

Performances:  Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th March 7.30pm

New Theatre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AG

Tel:  01865 320760

Ticket prices:  £11.90-£30.90 plus £4 transaction fee

Book online here.