Richard Alston Dance Company is an avidly followed UK dance company, renowned for musical and articulate choreography danced by the very finest contemporary dancers.
The programme includes Carnaval a brand new piece by Alston performed to Schumann’s music of the same name. These evocative piano pieces describe different aspects of Schumann’s complicated personality. The music is played live by outstanding pianist Jason Ridgway and the costumes are by BAFTA Award winning designer Fotini Dimou who previously worked on Alston’s An Italian in Madrid and Illuminations.
Alston’s Chacony is inspired by the Chaconne of Henry Purcell and Britten’s tribute to Purcell; his Chacony from String Quartet No. 2. The dance celebrates the richness and nobility of Purcell, reaching into darker places with the Britten 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.
“Sometimes dance fills the eyes with tears, changes our breathing or makes us laugh — but why? The dancers aren’t depicting emotion, yet we find ourselves powerfully moved... the dancers of the Richard Alston Dance Company... caused a gamut of emotion, just by taking us to the heart of dance itself.” Alistair Macaulay, The New York Times, February 2017.
Venue: on tour