Preview: Rambert’s Death Trap, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Rambert’s Death Trap, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Rambert returns to the Mayflower Theatre stage on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March with Death Trap, a brilliant evening of dance devised by Ben Duke (of Lost Dog).

Death Trap brings together Goat (2017) and Cerberus (2022), and continues Rambert’s focus on storytelling and characters, featuring awe inspiring performances by its diverse company of dancers, with live music by an on-stage band.

Following on the popular success of Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby, which saw audiences in excess of 100,000, Death Trap is infused with Ben Duke’s irresistible, stylish and accessible sense of dance theatre, is darkly funny, and packed with originality.

In Cerberus, we enter a world where dance is literally a matter of life or death. An ingenious adaptation of the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, it is a bittersweet musing on myth and mortality, complete with funeral couture.

Goat is inspired by the spirit of Nina Simone, with iconic songs including Feelings, Feeling Good and Ain’t Got No / I Got, Life.

Both pieces are recreated for this tour by Ben Duke and Rambert dancers Adél Bálint, Angélique Blasco, Simone Damberg Würtz, Max Day, Conor Kerrigan, Joseph Kudra, Naya Lovell, Musa Motha, Aishwarya Raut, Antonello Sangirardi, Alex Soulliere, Dylan Tedaldi, Jonathan Wade, Archie White and Seren Williams.

“I first worked with Rambert in 2017 and while I, and the company, have changed a lot since then, I feel like this history gives me a sense of partnership,” says Ben. “The work I make is always inspired by and made with the performers and it is a privilege to find myself in a room with these exceptional artists.

“Their diversity of background means that they bring such a richness of experience into the space, and it is their talent and generosity that really make this work.”

Tickets for Rambert: Death Trap (Wednesday 6– Thursday 7 March 2024) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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