A must-watch: The Creation on film Hannah Rudd and Daniel Davidson in The Creation. Photographer: Johan Persson.

A must-watch: The Creation on film

Jenna Simeonov

If you’re suffering from a bit of overdose on Handel’s Messiah or Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Rambert has a well-timed offering of something a little different.

Their production of The Creation is a new danced version of Haydn’s oratorio, with choreography by Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin, and design by artist Pablo Bronstein. Their Creation first went up at Garsington Opera’s Wormsley Estate in July 2016, and and saw its London premiere at Sadlers Wells in November.

Happily, the London premiere of Rambert’s The Creation was captured on film, directed by award-winning dance filmmaker Ross MacGibbon; starting today, the film is available to stream online.

The filmed performance, conducted by Rambert Music Director Paul Hoskins, features over 40 dancers, along with the Rambert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, and soloists Sarah Tynan, James Gilchrist, and Neal Davies.

Rambert’s choreographed version of The Creation is the latest in what we think is a thrilling trend in oratorio interpretation. Even better: you can watch it from your comfiest couch.

Check out the trailer below, or click here for the full performance.


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