Richard Alston: 'I really believe that choreographers, like other artists, mature if they keep going'

Richard Alston: 'I really believe that choreographers, like other artists, mature if they keep going'

Brahms Hungarian / credit: Chris Nash

Final Edition tour makes up part of the Richard Alston Dance Company's last season before its 2020 closure

With the shock announcement last October that Richard Alston Dance Company would be folding in 2020, plans started taking shape for an appropriate send-off. Founded in 1994, the company has staged almost 30 different works, so when it came to programming a swansong, there was lots to choose from.

Entitled Final Edition, each show on the tour has been tailored for that specific venue, with the Festival Theatre programme featuring Mazur, Brahms Hungarian and brand new work Voices and Light Footsteps by Alston himself, plus Martin Lawrance's new piece, A Far Cry.

Forced to close due to The Place (the dance centre in London where Alston is based) reapportioning its Arts Council grant, the company hopes to keep a flame alive through an archive and foundation. Alston also plans to offer his existing works to other companies and, with any luck, Voices and Light Footsteps won't be his last creation.

'I really believe that choreographers, like other artists, mature if they keep going,' says Alston. 'For the past 25 years I've dedicated myself to my own company, and although I've worked with a few other companies, mostly in America, I'll have more time to do that now.

'I'm sure there are some people who think why on earth hasn't Richard Alston given up? But actually, as far as I'm concerned I really want each piece to be better than the one before – and I still live in hope that I haven't made my best dance yet.'

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 27 & Sat 28 Sep.

Richard Alston Dance Company

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

New Theatre, Oxford

Wed 22 Jan 2020

£13–£26.90 / 0844 871 3020

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London EC1R

Sat 7 Mar 2020

£19–£49 / 0844 412 4300

Sun 8 Mar 2020

£19–£49 / 0844 412 4300

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