On 8 June, NMC Recordings and Rambert celebrated the release of Flux: new music. new dance with a joint debate centred around the question: 'What makes good music for dance?'. The album celebrates the innovative Rambert Music Fellow scheme, and features works by five previous Fellows, as well as the Rambert Orchestra and their Music Director, Paul Hoskins.
Dance critic Jenny Gilbert chaired an hour-long discussion for an intimate audience of 50, with a panel consisting of composer Mark Bowden, choreographers Patricia Okanwa and Will Tuckett, Rambert company pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam, and Paul Hoskins.
The lively and in-depth debate explored a number of key themes, including how to nurture good working relationships between composers and choreographers, the role organisations play in actively commissioning and performing new music, how both dancers and musicians are incorporated into the creative process, and even turning the question around to focus on what makes good dance for music.
The evening concluded with a thrilling performance of Tempus, choreographed for two dancers by Simone Damberg Würtz to an original score by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, for pianist and Commodore 64. Watch a short extract here.
Listen again to the debate to find out more about how contemporary music and dance interweave.