Britain’s leading contemporary dance company, Rambert, is inviting the world’s finest early-career dancers to join Rambert2, a new wing of the company designed to develop and showcase the next generation of highly skilled dancers. Rambert2 will tour the UK in autumn 2018 with a triple bill of works by three of the most exciting choreographers working in dance today. Alongside revivals of Rafael Bonachela’s and Sharon Eyal’s breakthrough works E2 7SD and Killer Pig, Rambert2 will create a new piece by former Alvin Ailey dancer and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer.

Applications are now open for Rambert2, the first junior ensemble attached to a UK repertory company, created in partnership with Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and supported by The Linbury Trust. It is the first programme in the world to integrate professional experience at the highest level with postgraduate study, and each dancer will receive financial support equivalent to the London Living Wage. They will be based at Rambert’s home on London’s south bank. Rambert2 dancers will be funded to complete an MA in Professional Dance Performance.

Rambert2 dancers will complete a 12-month programme with four strands: training, performing, academic study, and outreach activity including schools’ workshops and community events. For schools, Rambert2 will remount Kamuyot, a work created by world-famous choreographer Ohad Naharin for non-theatre spaces and teenage audiences. Rambert2 will perform at Sadler’s Wells in London in November 2018, and will tour to 15 venues over 40 dates throughout the UK, expanding Rambert’s presence nationally and introducing substantial audiences across the country to the work of cutting-edge, international dance-makers, whose work is rarely seen in the UK outside of London.

Outstanding contemporary dancers at the very beginning of their careers are invited to apply to join the first Rambert2 cohort from July 2018. Open auditions will be held in London in February 2018. Rambert2 opens a new pathway for graduate students entering the dance profession, providing a unique opportunity to create and perform work at the highest level and train alongside the extraordinary dancers of Rambert company.