Following the success of Rambert’s first real-time digital live stream on Rambert Home Studio in September 2020, they’re continuing to live stream online performance throughout 2021.
Note To Self
RAMBERT2 X BENOIT SWAN POUFFER
We build an hour, a day, a lifetime on what we can remember. So what do we become, when we forget?
Benoit Swan Pouffer’s new piece for Rambert2 is an unexpected and poignant journey through our mind, memory and sense of self.
Rambert livestreams combine the immediacy of theatre with the intimacy of film to produce genre-defying experiences. And this is Rambert’s biggest livestream yet. Always ambitious, always daring Artistic Director Benoit creates an all-new and stimulating audience experience with this thrilling new medium.
The brilliant fresh new talent of Rambert2 were handpicked from more than 650 early-career dancers, for their outstanding ability and individuality, and will perform and broadcast Note To Self live from Rambert’s London studios.
Benoit Swan Pouffer is an internationally renowned dance artist and company leader. Born and trained in Paris, he moved to New York where he spent seven years as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
He is probably best known for his time as Artistic Director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, a post he held from 2004. His 10 years at the helm of the company were described by the New York Times as “a New York success story”, gaining wide acclaim for introducing a new generation of international choreographers to US audiences, commissioning work from artists including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Crystal Pite and Hofesh Shechter.
As a choreographer, Benoit has made dance for feature films and Broadway, as well as creating for companies around the world including Alvin Ailey’s Ailey II.
- Digital Livestream
Finding the Rambert2 talent...
Rather than performing a straight show on a stage and film it for you, we’re discovering making shows knowing there’ll be cameras involved from the get-go opens up a whole world of adventure. So, these are not (just) high-quality broadcasts; we’re exploring cinematography integrated with live performance, to land you right into the middle of the action. We’re aiming for an audience experience we could never achieve in a theatre.
This performance is LIVE
This performance is happening in real time, it is not pre-recorded. You don’t have to leave your home but while you take your seat on your sofa, Rambert’s dancers (and cameras) will be warming up and preparing to perform. We’d hate you to be late and it be over.
Please note that alongside 12pm and 8pm performances, the performance schedule intentionally includes one 1am performance for the convenience of Rambert’s audiences in the Americas. You’re more welcome to book this time if you so choose, but just be aware that the time isn’t an error – this performance will take place after midnight!
Good to know: safety of Rambert dancers
Before the creation process, the entire Rambert company, artists, production and technical teams were tested for COVID. Having been given the all-clear, dancers were allocated to bubbles (some already share a household). Rambert have gone over and above required guidelines to make sure teams are kept safe and well and conditions are carefully controlled within Rambert’s own studio environment. Testing takes place twice weekly; breaks are staggered; we follow markings on the floor; the washrooms even have names on. These measures mean that when we perform the show, you will see some dancers in close contact but they will have been working solely with dancers in this bubble.