Commissioned by Rambert Dance Company
Choreography by Dane Hurst
Dance Score for flute (=picc&afl), clarinet (=bcl), trumpet, horn, percussion, harp, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass
Most thematically ambitious and sophisticatedly realised, The Window (choreographer: Dane Hurst) hones in on a fictitious 1950’s South End household during the period of unrest succeeding the Group Areas Act. With a simple, yet evocative set from Nicolai Hart-Hansen - standing lamp, table and slatted doors - Hurst weaves an emotionally complex but structurally tight story which swells effectively in a striking interrogation sequence and a wrenching ensemble section that pulsates around a kitchen table. Christopher Mayo’s score both reflects and builds the unyielding, tenebrous atmosphere throughout.
— Sarah Wilkinson, The Stage (June 7, 2012)
Dane Hurst's The Window is the most ambitious in scale. A sociopolitical piece about the apartheid of 1950s South Africa, it sees 12 dancers deployed in tight rhythmic set pieces to Christopher Mayo's score. We see the sorrowing women and the brutalising police, and witness their confrontation against a slatted township set, and what's striking about all of this is its deja-vu quality. Thematically and stylistically, The Window is deeply indebted to the work of Rambert's former artistic director Christopher Bruce, with Ghost Dances and Swansong its most obvious antecedents. It's a promising and well-finished work
— Luke Jennings, The Guardian (June 3, 2012)
May 31, 2012 - The Rambert Dance Company, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK