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Three dancers from Rambert, dancing in a rehearsal space

Live dance performance, but not as we know it

At 8pm on Friday 25 September, Rambert invite you to tune in to a unique livestreamed digital performance of Draw From Within; a new work by Rambert and internationally renowned choreographer and filmmaker, Wim Vandekeybus.

Three dancers from Rambert dancing in protective masks as they rehearse

Rambert’s state-of-the art studios on London’s Southbank will be transformed into a fantastical world, bringing the company back to life after lockdown. Set to a heady and eclectic soundtrack and featuring Rambert’s awe-inspiring company of dancers, Draw From Within will take audiences on a surreal and exhilarating odyssey.

Capitalising on Vandekeybus’ extensive experience as a filmmaker, the new work has been specifically created from the outset to be viewed digitally, allowing for a uniquely immersive perspective.

Audiences will feel like invisible participants with cameras positioned inside the dancers’ performance space to capture a virtual reality-style viewpoint.

Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rambert’s Artistic Director. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.
Benoit Swan Pouffer

This exciting new production is being created whilst adhering to the latest health guidelines to ensure the company’s safety.

"We’ve tried to use the medium of film to our advantage and give the audience an experience that they cannot get in a theatre, they’ll be closer to the dancers than ever."

Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rambert’s Artistic Director

Before the creation process for Draw from Within began, the entire Rambert company, artists, production and technical teams were tested for Coronavirus.

Having been given the all-clear, dancers were allocated to bubbles (some already share a household) and the company have followed all guidelines to make sure their team is kept safe and well.

Rambert dancers in rehearsal

The dancers rehearse and train in their bubbles with the cameras live streaming everything to each studio so the dancers and creative team can see one another. The bubbles also allow for short duet sequences in the piece to be performed safely.

Rambert dancer with camera

Using all of the company’s spaces from the loading bay to the studios via the corridors and even the roof, Draw From Within will be performed live in the Rambert building and streamed in real time around the world.

In a move to support the performing arts economy at large, they are partnering with venues like ours to encourage audiences to support their local theatre through their ticket purchase. Tickets are £10 per household, and can be booked now.