News: Royal opening for Rambert's new home

Friday 21 March 2014 by Carmel Smith

The Queen is introduced to dancer Angela Towler by Rambert's Chief Executive Nadia Stern. Photo: Benedict Johnson. March 2014

Her Majesty The Queen officially opened Rambert’s new home on the South Bank today ( Friday 21 March). The Queen, who was accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, was given a tour of Rambert’s new home. They observed the Company in rehearsal for Artistic Director Mark Baldwin’s new work, which premieres at Sadler’s Wells in November, watched a dance session for one of the Company’s community groups, the Mercury Movers (aged 60+) and visited Rambert’s Archive, before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

They met Rambert dancers and staff, and some of the team responsible for designing and building Rambert’s new home. Chair Sir Howard Panter said: “It’s a huge honour and greatly appreciated by everyone at Rambert and by all those who have worked so hard to support the building of our new world class home, to have Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh officially open it.”

Rambert took up residency in its new, £19.6 million home in the heart of London’s South Bank in December 2013. The state-of-the-art building includes dance studios, treatment and body conditioning rooms, production workshops, offices and an extensive archive. It was designed by award-winning architects Allies and Morrison and built by Vinci Construction UK.

The new building, 12 years in the planning, is located on a site on Upper Ground owned by social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders. This land has been made available to Rambert in return for a commitment to provide a significant community dance programme in the local area, and for a peppercorn rent of one pair of ballet shoes a year.

The Queen also visited Rambert’s old building in Chiswick in 2001 on the occasion of the Company’s 75th anniversary.

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