Free movement: how Rambert’s dance crosses borders

Polish-born choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon finished Rambert’s new work, Flight, on the day of the Brexit vote. She explains how the company – itself founded by a Polish immigrant – can reflect Europe’s shifting perspectives

Twenty-five minutes. Be ambitious.” This was the brief I was given two years ago by Rambert when they asked me to make a work to celebrate the company’s 90th birthday in 2016. I had previously been a dancer with Rambert and left in 2013 to focus on choreography and producing. I have choreographed works inspired by music, sculpture, painting, architecture, literature and even a wallpaper collection. However, I wanted this new work to be more personal and at its core I wanted it to celebrate the richness that comes with freedom of movement.

I was born in Silesia, a region in Poland that constantly changed hands between Poland and Germany up until the end of the second world war, and am part of a generation that grew up under martial law in the wake of the solidarity movement. I have vivid memories of the consequences of the west/east divide and Poland’s isolation – the rations, the “quests” to secure basic necessities, the absurdity of these situations and the humour that helped us cope.

Talent travels – there are 12 nationalities among Rambert’s 22 dancers, including seven different EU countries

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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