Richard Alston Dance Company

Richard Alston Dance Company is an avidly followed UK dance company with some of the world’s most beautiful contemporary dancers. It returns with a programme of three works, including Alston’s newest dance, Carnaval, to the music of the same name by Schumann, played live by the fantastic pianist Jason Ridgway.

Alston’s Chacony is inspired by the Chaconne of Henry Purcell and Britten’s tribute to Purcell: the Chacony from String Quartet No. 2. The dance celebrates the richness and nobility of Purcell, reaching into darker places before reaffirming hope for humanity.

Gypsy Mixture, a great Alston favourite, has been newly revived for the first time in a decade. With exhilarating dancing to the infectious music of Romanian and Macedonian gypsy bands, this dance will lift your spirits and quicken your pulse.

Join Richard Alston ahead of the performance on Thu 5 October for a free pre-show talk. Please book your place by calling Box Office on 01604 624811.

RADC dancer Ihsaan de Banya has co-choreographed a curtain raiser with Two Thirds Sky’s Laura Gibson. The work is for 20 students from various schools in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, and is part of both performances at the Royal & Derngate. This project was produced and directed by Two Thirds Sky, spearheaded by Essential Alston (RADC’s acclaimed education programme), and was made in partnership with Creative Learning at Royal and Derngate.

Join us for a season of films in the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, curated by Richard Alston, who draws inspiration from his enjoyment of dance on film. Visit for more information.

Oct 17
Oct 17
Venue: Derngate
Duration: Approx. 2 hours