Richard Alston Dance Company


Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s best dance ensembles.

The evening centres around exciting World Premieres by Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. Alston’s Brahms Hungarian is set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway, where the dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour.

Detour, Lawrance’s new work, set to Michael Gordon’s pulsing Timber, will be a companion piece to a celebratory revival of the beautiful Proverb, one of Alston’s most telling choreographies set to the vocals of Steve Reich. The programme also includes Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Rainbow Bandit (1977) and the joyous Signal of a Shake (2000).

There is a free pre-show talk ahead of the performance on Tue 16 October at 6.30pm.


Curtain Raiser Performance

There will be a short curtain raiser by the Northampton School For Boys at the beginning of the performance.

Lost Child

Curtain Raiser image

Music Lost Boy by Ruth B
Choreography Alison Clinton and dancers

The dancers in this group all meet up on a Saturday at school to create new ideas and to share their love of dance. Lost Child is based on the concept of Peter Pan and never wanting to grow up. It explores how childhood is snatched away from us, all too quickly, and how the ever looming presence of adulthood is always just around the corner. The children don’t want to face the reality and struggles of being an adult; but inevitably they have to grow up.

‘Stars are beautiful, but they must not take an active part in anything, they must look on forever. It is a punishment put on them from something so long ago, that no star now knows what it was. So the older ones have become glossy-eyed and seldom speak (winking is star language), but the little ones still wonder” – J.M Barry, Peter Pan.

Photo credit Nicky Callis

Oct 18
Oct 18
Venue: Derngate
Duration: 130 minutes including 2 intervals