News: Rambert seek new Artistic Director

Friday 15 February 2002

Rambert seek new Artistic Director
Following eight years of outstanding artistic success at the helm of Britain’s flagship contemporary dance ensemble, Christopher Bruce CBE will retire as Rambert Dance Company’s Artistic Director at the end of 2002. The Board of Rambert is now searching for his successor, who will possess:

· A vision for the Company that will extend both its creativity and appeal to audiences
· Extensive knowledge of contemporary dance, music and other art forms
· Leadership skills that will inspire a company that currently consists of 22 dancers
· The ability to work closely with the Executive Director

The ideal candidate, while having a dance background, may not necessarily be a choreographer.

For an application pack, please visit the Rambert website (link below) or write, in confidence, to:
Patricia Bakewell, Rambert Dance Company
94 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1SH

The closing date for applications is Friday 5 April 2002 and the provisional dates for interviews are Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2002.
www.rambert.org.uk

BACKGROUND:

Christopher Bruce to retire from Rambert
Christopher Bruce CBE has announced his intention to retire as Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company over the course of 2002. His decision follows an association with Rambert of over 40 years – the last eight as Artistic Director – and coincides with the end of the Company’s 75th anniversary year, 2001.

Rambert’s Chairman, Prudence Skene CBE, with the Company’s Executive Director, Sue Wyatt, and Board of Directors, have already begun working towards the identification of Bruce’s successor. Bruce will remain as Rambert’s Artistic Director for the duration of this process.

Announcing his retirement, Bruce said: ‘When I returned to Rambert in 1994 I never imagined that I would still be here eight years later. They have been challenging, but immensely rewarding years, and I am proud of this fine Company. I now believe, however, that I have completed the job I was brought in to do and feel it is time to let the Company move on to the next stage of its development. I look forward very much to giving more time and attention to my personal life and growing family.’

Commenting on Bruce’s announcement, Prudence Skene says: _’It is with huge recognition of his achievements that I acknowledge Christopher’s wish to retire from Rambert after _
_eight years as Artistic Director, and it is with understanding and affection that I accept his decision. The Board remains committed to Christopher’s vision of Rambert as a large-scale _
_contemporary dance company presenting a broad international repertoire, and to the continuation of his exacting standards in the engagement of world-class dancers. The _
identification of a worthy successor will be a serious and, perhaps, difficult process, but I firmly believe that it marks the beginning of an exciting future for the Company, which has thrived on new developments so famously over the last 75 years.’

Christopher Bruce(56), trained as a dancer at the Rambert School and joined the then Ballet Rambert in 1963. He emerged as one of the Company’s foremost dancers and, subsequently, as one of its most important choreographers. Between 1975 and 1987, he held the positions of Associate Director and Associate Choreographer respectively, and returned to the Company in 1994 as Artistic Director. Bruce has created some 30 works for Rambert, in addition to his many commissions for companies throughout the world. He was awarded the CBE in 1998 in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to British dance.

Rambert Dance are an associate company of Sadler’s Wells. Ian Albery, Sadler’s Wells Chief Executive said:

“Christopher Bruce and Rambert Dance Company have been key supporters of Sadler’s Wells and he was instrumental in the campaign for the new theatre. Christopher was amongst the first and then the most constant ally in our bid for lottery funding in’95 & ’96. When the new Sadler’s Wells opened in 1998, Rambert Dance Company rightly opened the theatre.”

Press comment:
“A quiet revolution is taking place in British ballet, a revolution that has seen the future of dance at the highest level entrusted – almost entirely – to overseas choreographers.

David Lister, Independent, 5 Dec. 01

The Times, 4 Dec. 01

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