Drawing on five decades' worth of material, the line-up for the commemorative programme revisits old favourites and features the London premiere of two pieces.
Starting in the 60s, Alston remembers Transit, his very first choreographic work. This was created for London Contemporary Dance School and premiered on 18 February 1968 at the LAMDA studios.
The 70s is represented by a re-staging of the silent group section of Rainbow Bandit, a work built on the excitement and energy of pure rhythm.
The brief but demanding sinuous solo from Dutiful Ducks, originally made for a 17-year-old Michael Clark in 1982 represents the 1980s.
Moving on, Alston has chosen fast-paced Signal of a Shake to represent his work of the 90s; while Proverb, set to the music of Steve Reich, is the noughties selection.
Finally, to honour his fifth decade, Alston has devised a beautiful new solo, set to Debussy’s flute music Syrinx, for BBC Young Dancer 2015 Finalist Vidya Patel.
Also included is Alston’s most recent work, Carnaval, set to Schumann’s music of the same name. Intricate steps depict the lyricism of the score – played live by pianist Jason Ridgway – and reflect Alston’s admiration for choreographer Frederick Ashton.
The programme is rounded off with Cut and Run, the latest creation from associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. Taking inspiration from the contrasting music of two contemporary classical composers – Damian Legassick and Michael Gordon – this piece whisks the dancers into a world of shadows where they are constantly challenged to keep pace with the ever-shifting music.
A fitting celebration of half a century of making dance awaits!
|What||Richard Alston Dance, Mid Century Modern, Sadler's Wells|
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP
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23 Mar 18 – 24 Mar 18, 19:30 Dur.: 2 hours including two intervals
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