Alston is internationally recognised as a master of his craft, and Chacony received its world premiere in the US on 5 February.
The baroque music of British composer Henry Purcell, and that of his great admirer Benjamin Britten, are at the heart of Chacony, performed live by a string quartet.
Initially, Alston’s choreography explores the formal order of Purcell’s Chaconne, composed circa 1680. Later, tranquil motion is shaken into action as Britten’s homage to Purcell's work, dating from the late 1940s, probes darker depths.
Alston is widely acknowledged as one of the most musically-minded of choreographers working today. From what we have heard, Chacony reaffirms this – so London dance lovers should not miss this first chance to see it in the capital.
Chacony is nicely matched with Tangent, in which Martin Lawrance explores the vivid accents and visceral attack of tango. Four couples glide through the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by tango's great music master, Astor Piazzolla. The scintillating accompaniment – Jason Ridgway, piano – drives the dancers’ shifting moods as they take their cue from the syncopated rhythms marking out each season.
The evening's line-up is completed by Alston’s infectiously fast-moving Gypsy Mixture. Revived for the first time in a decade, the popular and playful piece uses innovative club remixes of traditional Balkan folk tunes to capture the colourful cultural hybridity of the modern world.
In short, an exciting, eclectic triple bill, with something for everyone.
Age guidance: 10+
|What||Richard Alston Dance Company at Sadler's Wells|
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
16 Jun 17 – 17 Jun 17, 19:30
|Website||click here to book through Sadler's website|