From Wed 3 October to Sun 16 December 2012
Richard Alston Dance Company Autumn tour 2012 sees the company's 10 dancers taking the stage for 16 performances throughout UK, and in the US. The tour opens in London at The Place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, (Wed 3 - Sat 6 October), for the annual At Home season, and ends in New Jersey, at Montclair State University, (Thu 13 - Sun 16 December), as part of the internationally renowned Peak Performances series.
The At Home programme includes the world premiere of Martin Lawrance's Madcap, a brand new company work, to the cutting-edge compositions of New York band Bang On A Can All-Stars. This creation follows hot on the heels of Lawrance's major commission from Scottish Ballet for the Cultural Olympiad. Also in the programme is Alston's recently revived Shimmer, to the music of Ravel, and with exquisitely crystal-encrusted cobweb costumes by fashion designer Julien Macdonald. The evening is completed by Isthmus, Alston's most recent work, to the light taut rhythms of Japanese composer Jo Kondo, created for Bob Lockyer's 70th birthday celebrations at The Place in spring 2012.
Together with Madcap and Shimmer, the tour's programme also includes a specially revived The Devil in the Detail, with added brand new material. Effervescent and infectiously joyous, this energetic work, inspired to Scott Joplin's King of Ragtime, will be accompanied live by pianist Jason Ridgway, Richard Alston Dance Company's long time collaborator.
Towards the end of the tour, the programme will feature Unfinished Business, choreographed to the beautiful, lucid and flowing Opus K533, by Mozart; Roughcut, danced to Steve Reich's New York and Electric Counterpoint; and Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, for choir and harp. During the four-night residency at Montclair State University, A Ceremony of Carols, a Peak Performances co-commission, will be accompanied live by Montclair University Choir.
Wed 3 - Sat 6 October, The Place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre: Shimmer, Isthmus, Madcap
Tue 9 October, G live, Guildford: Madcap, Shimmer, Devil in the Detail
Tue 16 & Wed 17 October, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton: Madcap, Shimmer, Devil in the Detail
Tue 23 October, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh: Madcap, Shimmer, Devil in the Detail
Thur 1 November, Theatre Royal, Glasgow: Madcap, Shimmer, Devil in the Detail
Tue 6 November, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham: Madcap, Unfinished Business, Devil in the Detail
Tue 13 & Wed 14 November, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe: Roughcut, Shimmer, A Ceremony of Carols
Thu 13 - Sun 16 December, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA: Roughcut, Unfinished Business, A Ceremony Of Carols
For further information, interviews:
The Place Communication Office
Marta Bogna, Press and Media Manager
020 7121 1025/ /@martabogna