Choreographer Richard Alston takes part in our Q&A ahead of his appearance at Glasgow's Theatre Royal

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This article is from 2011.

Choreographer Richard Alston takes part in our Q&A ahead of his appearance at Glasgow's Theatre Royal

Richard Alston Dance Company will be in Glasgow this May, performing Alston's 1990 work Rough Cut alongside the Hoagy Carmichael-inspired Shuffle it Right and the Prokofiev-inspired Out of the Strong. He answers some of our questions on his work.

What made you want to become a choreographer? ‘I came to London after leaving school in 1964 and instantly became a fervent Royal Ballet fan. Over the next two years I became ever more fascinated by the choreography of Frederick Ashton and he inspired me to want to become a choreographer.’

What was the inspiration behind Rough Cut?
‘I had a really wonderful bunch of dancers in Rambert that year, where I was artistic director. I made Rough Cut for them, to capture their, at times, quite wild energy.’

What are you looking for in the dancers who perform your choreography? ‘I look for dancers who can internalise music, who “sing” with their bodies. I also look for dancers who have a special energy, a special quality all their own.’

What do you hope audiences will take away from your work? ‘I hope they’ll be uplifted by the young performers, appreciate the music and be exhilarated by the combination of the two.’

Richard Alston Dance Company, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Thu 26 May.

This article is from 2011.

Richard Alston Dance Company

A mixed programme of works by Alston and his Associate Choreographer, Martin Lawrance. The modern tango of Tangent is set to music by Astor Piazzolla, whilst the dramatic Stronghold has a score by Julia Wolfe. Mazur is danced to live Chopin mazurkas and An Italian In Madrid is inspired by the sonatas of Scarlatti.

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