Living Toys


Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 29-31 May 2003 Rambert Dance Company – ballet choreographed by Karole Armitage/London Musici/Paul Hoskins (UK tour scheduled in autumn 2003)

‘Armitage has an affinity for the music of young British composer Thomas Adès. Her title comes from a stunning work for 14 soloists that Adès composed a decade ago, when he was barely out of his teens… Praise must go to Rambert’s orchestra, London Musici, and its conductor, Paul Hoskins. They find all the fizz embedded within this mesmerising music… [The ballet] revels in the high calibre of the company’s dancers…Armitage’s Merce Cunningham connection underpins the structure, particularly in the masterful ways she scatters and disperses dancers across the stage in brief but fulsome incidents of densely charged movement.’

The Times (Allen Robertson), 2 June 2003

‘Mark Baldwin's promise that, as new director of Rambert, he would revitalise the music, as well as the dance repertory, has been kept by his very first company commission. Living Toys is set to the 1993 score in which Thomas Adès sealed his reputation as a unique conjuror of sound magic. Even without its title as a clue, you'd hear the stuff of a Hoffmannesque nursery tale in this score's astonishing instrumentation, its clamour of shrieks and flutters, its thin dreams and dark nightmares… Living Toys is a piece you certainly want to see again.’

The Guardian (Judith Mackrell), 2 June 2003

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