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Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s finest dance ensembles.
The evening centres around Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Rainbow Bandit (1977), Dutiful Ducks (1982) and the beautiful Proverb (2006).
‘One of the strongest sections in Mid Century Modern comes from Proverb, created to mark composer Steve Reich’s birthday in 2006… with clean lines and a gorgeous quality of movement.’ Independent, March 2018
Shimmer is danced to the sun-drenched music of Ravel played live. Julien Macdonald’s fabulous, jewel-encrusted cobweb costumes illuminate dazzling streaks of limpid choreography in a ravishingly beautiful piece of theatre.
‘Alston’s barefoot dancers look as if they have been sprinkled with fairy dust. The effect is magical … It’s one of Alston’s most quietly moving dances.’ The Times
The evening will also feature brand new pieces by both Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance.
‘As tellingly musical as any choreographer alive’– New York Times, February 2017
Venue: on tour