Hippodrome and Rambert to stream Rooms

Published: 4 March 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Behind the scenes of Rooms Credit: Foteini Christophilopoulou

Birmingham Hippodrome and dance company Rambert are to stream a new production, Rooms by Norwegian choreographer and theatre and film director Jo Strømgren.

Rooms will be created specifically for the camera and will be performed and broadcast live, with a cinematographer and camera crew relaying the productions in real time to audiences across the world.

Rooms will involve 17 dancers, 36 scenes and 100 characters. Rambert's dancers will invite audiences into “wildly different worlds and surprising set-ups”.

The Hippodrome's artistic director and chief executive Fiona Allan said, "I've long been a fan of both Rambert and Jo Strømgren, plus the Hippodrome has a history of supporting and presenting the very best of international contemporary dance. I’m sure that Rooms will be quite unlike any other streaming experience audiences have had this year—in a good way!”

Strømgren said, "Rooms offers glimpses through the windows of different people's lives to create a kind of mosaic of the cityscape environment. It’s like the unfinished narrative you create in your head as you pass by windows on a bike ride: you get to peek into people's lives and you realise there’s so much going on but you have no idea what’s happening or why.

“I'd like to think that Rooms is funny as well as dark. I often set out with quite pessimistic ideas but somehow there's always humour within the darkest of material."

Rooms will stream online on Thursday 8 April at 12PM, 9 April at 8PM, 10 April at 8PM and 11 April at 1AM (BST).