Rambert presents an unconventional staging of Joseph Haydn’s most famous and enduring masterpiece. THE CREATION was performed in 2016, sung in English, and danced by Britain’s leading dance company, celebrating its 90th anniversary.
Joseph Haydn wrote his great masterpiece THE CREATION in 1798 for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus and orchestra. The three-part oratorio retells the creation of the world, all the way from Chaos to the first days in the Garden of Eden, with every scale of life forms in between. THE CREATION was a profound act of faith for the composer, who was a deeply religious man. Not only does the libretto draw inspiration from the Book of Genesis and the Book of Psalms, but also from John Milton’s epic poem PARADISE LOST.
Haydn paints extraordinary images of the text, especially in the orchestral music, as well as the solo voices and choral writing. Part I describes the creation of light, of heaven and earth, of the sun and moon, of the land and water, and of plants; in Part II, animals, man and woman make their appearance. The soloists take the roles of the archangels Raphael, Uriel and Gabriel; in Part III, the bass and soprano represent Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Commissioned in 2016 to celebrate Rambert's 90th anniversary, this piece sees more than 120 artists on stage: company dancers, students of the Rambert School, the BBC Singers and the Rambert Orchestra. The production was filmed during its run at Sadler’s Well Theatre in London in 2016. The stage is divided into two parts by an intricately carved Gothic structure, separating the orchestra and chorus from the foreground dancers who perform Mark Baldwin’s sculptural and thoughtful choreography.