Rambert brings Alexander Whitley world premiere to Glasgow

Rambert returns to Theatre Royal Glasgow with a thrilling line-up of new work and classic pieces  from some of the most inventive and celebrated dancemakers around. The programme includes the return of Christopher Bruce’s irresistible Rooster, the world premiere of a new work from Alexander Whitley, and Ashley Page’s striking Subterrain.

Rooster is a celebration of the swinging Sixties set to music by the Rolling Stones.  A series of courtship dances performed by sharp-suited, snake-hipped men and strong, sassy women are accompanied by some of the Stones' most famous tunes, including Not Fade Away, Paint It Black, As Tears Go By, Sympathy for the Devil and Little Red Rooster. This hugely popular work was created by former Rambert artistic director Christopher Bruce in 1991, and is a firmly established modern classic, back on the UK stage for the first time since 2001.

A new work from innovative choreographer Alexander Whitley lays bare the process of making a dance performance. 12 performers assemble and disassemble set, move lighting and change angles, constantly creating new spaces and playing with what’s revealed and what’s hidden of their sequences of virtuosic, highly technical dancing, This thought-provoking work, designed to make audiences look at dance in new ways,  is  a continuation of Whitley’s collaboration with visual artists Tuur Van Balen and Revital Cohen. The work, which has its world premiere in Glasgow, will be accompanied by a new score from Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason.

Alexander Whitley is a former Rambert dancer who began his career as a dancemaker in the Company’s choreographic development programme. He is now an in-demand artist having recently created works for Balletboyz, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

Completing the evening’s programme is Subterrain from former Scottish Ballet Director Ashley Page. This striking, sensual work, involving five couples and featuring the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Aphex Twin, first premiered at Sadler’s Wells in October 2013. The work feeds off the neurotic energy and claustrophobic atmosphere of Turnage’s chamber music and the hypnotic textures of Richard D. James’s ambient music, taking the audience on an enigmatic voyage underground.

Rambert delivers an exciting programme of new work and classic repertoire with world-class dancing, live music and inventive choreography, in what will be a thrilling evening’s entertainment.

Rambert is at the Theatre Royal from Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 March 2015. For tickets and information visit