Martin Lawrance: 'We're presenting four works the Edinburgh audience has never seen before, so they're in for a real treat'

Martin Lawrance:

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Associate choreographer at the Richard Alston Dance Company five decades of dance

Affectionately known as the founding father of British contemporary dance, Richard Alston has been choreographing for a staggering 50 years. With such a vast back catalogue to draw from, finding the best way to celebrate this landmark hasn't been easy – but Mid Century Modern attempts to do just that.

'It's been fascinating and a real joy to work on this piece alongside Richard,' says associate choreographer, Martin Lawrance. 'We're recreating works that span from 1970-2018, including extracts from Nowhere Slowly, Rainbow Bandit, Fever and A Signal of a Shake.'

Lawrance, one of the UK's choreographic treasures himself, has also created a brand new piece to premiere in Edinburgh.

'Coming to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre is always a highlight of the year for me,' he says. 'Especially to premiere a new work on its beautiful stage. Detour is set to Jóhann Jóhannsson's remix of Michael Gordon's Timber, and the music pulsates in descending phrases as duets, trios and solos find ways around each other in the space.'

Two more works from Alston complete the bill – a revival of his popular 2006 work, Proverb, plus a brand new creation, Brahms Hungarian set to music of the same name. And, for the first time ever, the company will be spending two nights in Edinburgh.

'This year we're presenting four works that the Edinburgh audience has never seen before, so they're in for a real treat,' says Lawrance. 'And performing for two nights instead of our usual one is going to be amazing.'

Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Thu 20 & Fri 21 Sep.

Richard Alston Dance Company

The acclaimed dance company embarks on its last tour, before the company shuts its doors in 2020.

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