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Sensational Contemporary Dance

Richard Alston Dance Company makes an eagerly awaited return to the New Victoria Theatre for one night only on Thursday 21 March.  

Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, one of the UK’s premier centres for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in British dance.

The spring tour takes the company’s 10 dancers to 17 theatres around the UK for 26 performances featuring 6 repertoire pieces and 1 world premiere. The triple bill on this tour brings a diverse collection of music with both new and iconic dances revived.

Richard Alston presents his new piece Buzzing Round the Hunisuccle. This brand new commission from the San Francisco based Columbia Foundation continues Alston’s long-held fascination with the music of Japanese composer Jo Kondo, contrasting three short Kondo compositions. The rapid light rhythms of Isthmus, the brisk and asymmetric An Elder’s Hocket, and the calm-hushed chords of Hunisuccle have inspired Alston to create movement of nimble and breathtaking precision.

The evening also contains the newly revived and substantially revised The Devil in the Detail, a joyous and effervescent dance to Scott Joplin’s rags. Irresistible classics such as Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer are blended with the lightness and finesse of Alston’s choreography.

Shimmer, one of Alston’s best loved masterpieces, is danced to the sun-drenched music of Ravel played live. Fashion designer Julien Macdonald’s fabulous and delicate jewel-encrusted cobweb costumes illuminate dazzling streaks of limpid choreography in a ravishingly beautiful piece of theatre.

Richard Alston became one of the very first students at the newly established London Contemporary Dance School in 1968. Studying in New York and working throughout the UK and Europe, he went onto work with Ballet Rambert, becoming the company’s Artistic Director from 1986 – 1992. During his time there he created over 25 works and it was in 1994 when he took up the post of Artistic Director of The Place that he launched his own dance company, Richard Alston Dance Company.  In 2008, to mark Richard’s 60th birthday and 40 years of choreography, he was commissioned by Dance Umbrella and Sadler’s Wells to create a special programme that was performed at the Wells.

At the New Victoria Theatre for one night only the show promises to be a wonderful celebration of contemporary dance and is not to be missed by any dance lover.