Dance show with music by Polish composer staged in London
PR dla Zagranicy
One of the world’s most renowned dance groups, the Rambert Dance Company, has premiered a show featuring music by 20th-century Polish composer Witold Lutosławski.
Photograph of Witold Lutosławski conducting, taken by Juliusz Mułtarzyński (1991); Wikimedia Commons, Public domain
Choreographed by Kim Brandstrup with imagery from legendary filmmakers the Quay Brothers, the Life is a Dream show is based on a play by Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón de la Barca and set to music by Lutosławski (1913-1994).
The music is performed live and includes excerpts from the composer’s Funeral Music, Interlude for orchestra, Chain 2 for violin and orchestra, Dance Preludes and Symphony No. 4.
After its premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Tuesday, the show will have five more performances at the same venue later this week.
On June 6, it is scheduled to be performed at the Bergen International Festival in Norway.
Life is a Dream will go on a tour of eight cities in the UK from September to the end of February.
A brainchild of the Warsaw-based Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the project has been organised together with the Rambert Dance Company as part of an international programme of cultural events to mark the centenary of Polish independence.