Rambert dance company make a welcome return to Theatr Clwyd in Mold next month with a programme of new works.

The line-up will include the Picasso-inspired The 3 Dancers and multi-award winner Kim Brandstrup’s acclaimed Transfigured Night.

The 3 Dancers was inspired by the tragic love triangle behind Picasso’s masterpiece The Three Dancers. Rambert’s new work from Didy Veldman explores the eternal themes of the painter’s work; love, desire and death.

An internationally-renowned choreographer, Veldman uses three dancers in white to depict the tragic lovers and a further three dressed in black as their shadows or darker selves in order to delve into the social, psychological and human elements of Picasso’s work.

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Veldman is well known for her theatrical style and earthy choreography. In The 3 Dancers she explores how one of Picasso’s most distinctive styles, Cubism, can be applied to movement to create the fragmented atmosphere and world which is so characteristic of his work.

Frames is a new work from former Rambert dancer Alexander Whitley
Frames is a new work from former Rambert dancer Alexander Whitley

Transfigured Night is a new work from double Olivier award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup – his first for the company since 2004’s celebrated Songs of a Wayfarer.

The work is loosely based on a Richard Dehmel poem and driven by composer Arnold Schoenberg’s late romantic masterpiece of the same name. It echoes the conflict between fantasy and reality and the complex nature of love.

Known for creating emotional intimacy and empathy between audiences and dancers, this large scale ensemble work focuses on a pair of lovers meeting at moonlight where dark secrets threaten the foundations of their relationships.

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Four dancers perform intimate duets accompanied by Schoenberg’s lyrical and emotive score, while the remaining dancers form a chorus that reflects the emotional landscape of the piece.

Inspired by the tragic love triangle behind Picasso's masterpiece The Three Dancers, Rambert's new work from Didy Veldman explores the eternal themes of the painter's work
Inspired by the tragic love triangle behind Picasso's masterpiece The Three Dancers, Rambert's new work from Didy Veldman explores the eternal themes of the painter's work

Frames is a new work from former Rambert dancer Alexander Whitley, which lays bare the process of making a dance performance.

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Twelve performers assemble and disassemble the set, move lighting and change angles, constantly creating new spaces and playing with what’s revealed and what’s hidden in their sequences of virtuosic, highly technical dancing. This thought-provoking work is a continuation of Whitley’s collaboration with award-winning visual artists Tuur Van Balen and Revital Cohen.

Rambert will be at Theatr Clwyd in Mold from March 9-12. Tickets £25, £22, £18. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.