London EC1R 4TN
Life is a Dream is a spectacular new show that combines the vivid dance story-telling of choreographer Kim Brandstrup with the stunning visual imagination of filmmakers the Quay Brothers. Their contemporary take on Calderón’s classic play is a journey through alienation, vengeance, tenderness and redemption, set in an ever-changing, dream-like world and accompanied the rich, harmonious music of Witold Lutosławski, played by a full-size symphony orchestra.
With dramatic and lyrical dancing from our brilliant ensemble, Life is a Dream is a study of desires as recognisable in today’s mass-mediated world as at any time in the past 400 years: the longing for an authentic experience, and the need to dream.
Kim Brandstrup’s most recent work for Rambert, Transfigured Night, won the 2016 National Dance Award for best modern choreography.
Commissioned by Bergen International Festival. Supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute / Polska Music, Arts Council England and Cockayne Grants for the Arts – a donor-advised fund of The London Community Foundation.