Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the finest contemporary choreographer this country has ever produced', Richard Alston is an intensely musical choreographer, who believes in the joy of dancing. Year after year he has produced works that have always responded sublimely to whatever musical score took his fancy.
Alston has been choreographing for over 50 years and in 1994 he formed his own Richard Alston Dance Company, which will now be wound up after the final farewell tour that comes to The Place this autumn.
Alston has picked a mixed programme that includes some of his favourite works, alongside a few solos by the late great American choreographer Merce Cunningham, and a piece by his assistant director Martin Lawrance.
The programme includes Isthmus, made in 2012 to an intricate score by Jo Kondo, which Alston describes as ‘a favourite of mine.’
RADC, Isthmus. Photo: Tony Nandy
Also in the programme is Nowhere Slowly, the earliest existing choreography by Alston, made when The Place first opened in 1969.
Another early work is Blue Schubert Fragments, a sextet originally presented at The Place in 1972; more recent is Red Run, which premiered in 2000 and is about travelling across a hostile terrain.
RADC, Red Run, Elly Braund. Photo: Chris Nash
Alston pays his own homage to Merce Cunningham by staging a few of the solos presented in the international commemoration of Cunningham’s centenary, Night of 100 Solos, last April. They will be reprised here by Elly Braund and the veteran Siobhan Davies, both of whom performed in the April event.
A new work makes it onto the programme: Spider Women, which Alston created for graduate students of the London Contemporary Dance School, where he started out.
Finally, the programme presents Martin Lawrance’s Detour, a high-octane work that shows the influence of Alston, but moves in its own exciting direction.
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|What||Richard Alston Dance Company, The Place|
|Where||The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
27 Nov 19 – 30 Nov 19, 19:30 Dur TBC
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