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Rambert dances for Darwin

The Discover Darwin Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the London Borough of Bromley provided an exciting opportunity for six Bromley schools to work alongside Rambert Dance Company; Britain's premier contemporary dance company.

All Bromley secondary schools were given the opportunity to be selected for this project by submitting an explanation why their school should be chosen.

Charles Darwin, Newstead Wood, Bishop Justus, The Ravensbourne, Langley Park Boys and Langley Park Girls Schools shared in a series of dance workshops based on Rambert's recent production The Comedy of Change, which combines the fascinating worlds of evolution and dance. This work was commissioned for the celebratory year of the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and 150 years since 'The Origin of Species' was published.

'Where contemporary dance is concerned, Rambert sets the standard for quality and diversity.'
Debra Craine, The Times

Students participated in dance workshops and attended the performance of Rambert's The Comedy of Change at Sadler's Wells in London. The workshops are exploring Darwin's theories and observations through contemporary dance and students arlearnt movements from the production as well as developing their own creativity using themes from the work.

The project concluded with a sharing event where all the schools performed together on stage in Bromley. This opportunity helped the students connect to their local heritage of Charles Darwin and learn about the important scientific work he carried out for 40 years in and around his home in Downe, now in the London Borough of Bromley.

A video documenting the workshops can be seen on the Comedy of Change microsite under science and dance video.



Rambert dances for Darwin