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Rambert: Life is a Dream

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In a run-down rehearsal room, a director drifts off to sleep with images of the day's rehearsals running through his mind. In his dreams the play is revisited, recast and replayed, and fantastic images of worlds far beyond his room appear. Read more …

Life is a Dream is a spectacular new dance show from the Olivier Award-winner Kim Brandstrup, the choreographer behind Rambert's Transfigured Night. Dramatic, lyrical dancing from Rambert's world-class ensemble, dream-like imagery from legendary filmmakers the Quay Brothers and a live orchestra playing the rich music of Witold Lutosławski combine to transport you into an otherworldly atmosphere.

The critical consensus

A peculiar, poetic piece that suffers from pulling in too many directions at once.

***(*)(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 23/11/2018

Spectacular new dance show from choreographer Kim Brandstrup.

****(*)Claire Sawer, The List, 23/11/2018

When you wake, there’s sometimes a brief spell of confusion as your brain casts around for clues of where you are and where you’ve been. Dreams slip away like water through fingers as you try to grasp any potential meaning. Imagine that sensation for an hour and 15 minutes and you’re halfway to the experience of watching Kim Brandstrup’s new work for Rambert.

Kelly Apter, The Scotsman, 24/11/2018

Creative but complicated contemporary piece.

***(*)(*)Aisling McGuire, The Wee Review, 26/11/2018

Where and when?

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Thursday November 22, 2018, until Saturday November 24, 2018. More info:

Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Thursday February 14, 2019, until Saturday February 16, 2019. More info:

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