Based upon true life stories and inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks’ book of the same name, Tobias Picker’sAwakenings is an engrossing and lyrical score that features choreography by Aletta Collins and sees its premiere on September 22 at the Lowry in Salford, UK. The premiere performance marks the beginning of a season long tour for the new ballet throughout the UK in 2010/11. Rambert’s website explains the work's origins:
In 1918 a mysterious sleeping-sickness epidemic swept across the world leaving hundreds of survivors in an unexplained paralysis. This moving new work is inspired by the powerful true stories of a group of very individual patients, catapulted temporarily but dramatically from their long slumber into their own emotionally-charged awakenings.
Rambert presents the London première of Awakenings at Sadler’s Wells on November 9 in addition to 24 more performances at eight different venues in the UK as part of the fall tour. The tour continues into the spring of 2011 with dates and venues to be announced.
Learn more on the music of Tobias Picker at www.schott-music.com and www.tobiaspicker.com.
Visit the Rambert Dance Company's Awakenings micro site and their YouTube channel to find out more on the ballet.
Choreographer Aletta Collins on Awakenings.
Learn more about Dr. Oliver Sacks here.
Schott Music's most recent Aktuell contains an extensive repertoire recommendations feature for dance companies including new works and classics from the Schott Music catalogue. View the Aktuell here.
Awakenings Fall, 2010 Tour Dates:
The Lowry, Salford, 22 - 24 September
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 1 & 2 October
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 6 - 8 October
Theatre Royal, Norwich, 13 - 15 October
Theatre Royal, Bath, 21 - 23 October
Regent Theatre, Stoke, 3 - 5 November
Sadler’s Wells, London, 9 - 13 November
Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1 - 4 December
ballet for orchestra
inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks book, Awakenings
choreography by Aletta Collins