The ever musical Richard Alston Dance Company returns with a programme including two dances to piano pieces that originate from completely different worlds. Both brand new, these works by Richard Alston and Martin Lawrance are accompanied live onstage by the extraordinary pianist Jason Ridgway.
★★★★★ 'Echoing cheers for Alston and his dancers' Financial Times, (on the premiere of An Italian in Madrid) March 2016
In Tangent, Martin Lawrance explores the vivid accents and attack of Tango. Four couples, intertwined but shifting and subtly syncopating, glide through the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Tango master Piazzolla, played live by Jason Ridgway on piano. The costumes for Tangent are designed by sharp young Filipino fashion designer Jeffrey Rogador.
★★★★★ ‘Forget Strictly - come see these wonderful dancers in exhilarating form.’ Herald (on the premiere of Tangent) September 2016
Chacony, Alston’s newest dance, is inspired by the powerful Chaconne of Henry Purcell. Every bit as powerful but much more stringent is the Chacony from Britten’s String Quartet No. 2, conceived as an overt tribute to Purcell. Alston juxtaposes these two pieces to make a dance that gets under the skin of the richness and nobility of Purcell, reaching into darker places before reaffirming hope for humanity.
Alston’s An Italian in Madrid is inspired by the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, a composer hugely influenced by Spanish music. This work 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 to join his company for this exciting new work.
★★★★ ‘A marriage made in heaven’ Observer, (on the premiere of An Italian in Madrid) March 2016
Venue: on tour