Richard Alston Dance Company jumps into its third decade with a programme fizzing with all the energy, skill and grace of its amazing dancers.
This much-acclaimed company has been nominated for recent Olivier and National Dance Awards for its lyrical and uniquely musical dance works, choreographed by Artistic Director Richard Alston and Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance.
Richard Alston’s latest work is inspired by the sonatas of Scarlatti, a composer hugely influenced by Spanish music. An Italian in Madrid continues Alston’s fascination with the fusion of different cultures and styles and to explore this, Alston has invited BBC Young Dancer grand finalist Vidya Patel (who hails from Birmingham) to join his company for this exciting new work.
Associate choreographer Martin Lawrance evokes the tightly controlled but volatile energy of modern tango in his brand new work inspired by the father of Tango Nuovo Astor Piazzolla.
Alston’s Rejoice in The Lamb is danced to Benjamin Britten’s superb setting of Christopher Smart poetry. The words are full of wild and witty details including observations of the poet’s cat Jeoffry! The music was commissioned for the Church of St Matthew’s Northampton so fittingly, Rejoice in the Lamb is coming back to its spiritual home.
RICHARD ALSTON FILM SEASON
Prior to these performances, audiences can enjoy a season of films in the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in September, curated and introduced by Richard Alston. Click here for more information and to book.
The short season of classic films starts with The Beat That My Heart Skipped, on Sunday 4 September at 2pm. In this French movie by Jacques Audiard, Alston notes the stark contrast between a young man’s daily routine of intimidation and the great heights of Bach’s keyboard pieces. 1949 film noir The Third Man, screened on Sunday 11 September, is a fast moving mystery set against the theatrically lit ruins of post-war Vienna, which Richard finds full of choreographic ideas, permeated with a resonating score by Anton Karas. Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew, on Sunday 18 September, inspired Richard with its accompanying soundtrack that covers the Missa Luba, choruses from the Bach Passions, Mozart’s Masonic Funeral music and Bulgarian women’s emotional singing.
★★★★ “NOT CONTENT WITH REMAKING THE PAST, HE’S PUSHING HIS COMPANY INTO THE NEXT PHASE”
EVENING STANDARD ON RICHARD ALSTON (2015)
★★★★★ "ECHOING CHEERS FOR ALSTON AND HIS DANCERS"
★★★★ "SCARLATTI'S STORY CAST IN ASTOUNDING LIGHT"
★★★★ "AN ITALIAN IN MADRID IS ONE OF THE YEAR'S FINEST WORKS"