5 reasons to not miss Richard Alston Dance Company

The contemporary dance company tours the UK, here's why you need to check it out

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This article is from 2015.

5 Reasons Not to Miss Richard Alston Dance Company

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Back in Scotland with another scorching lineup, Richard Alston Dance Company is one of the UK’s most acclaimed contemporary dance companies. We give you five reasons why missing them is not an option.

1. It will set you pulse racing

The smouldering duets in Martin Lawrance’s Burning are inspired by the turbulent love life of composer Franz Liszt – in particular his relationship with the young married Countess, Marie D'Agoult. It returns to Edinburgh Festival Theatre after its hugely popular premiere here last year.

2. To see hip hop and tradition collide

Sixty six-year-old former Etonian, Richard Alston collaborated with young hip hop dancer and choreographer Ajani Johnson-Goffe to create Nomadic, a piece that draws on ideas of cross-cultural fertilisation, inspired by Romanian Usari Gypsy band, Shukar Collective. The energetic beats, fused with the emotion-laden Roma vocals, creates an intriguing conversation in both the music and choreography.

3. You’ll be transported to the French Baroque era

Inspired by French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera, Les Boréades, Brisk Singing centres around a lyrical duet from Act IV, described by John Eliot Gardiner as 'perhaps the most melting and gravely sensual writing for orchestra to emerge from the entire baroque era.'

4. The dancers’ energy will knock you over

The company’s ten athletic and graceful dancers are known for their energy, emotion and precision. This close-knit company is made up of eight full-time dancers: Ihsaan de Banya, Nicholas Bodych, Elly Braund, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Jennifer Hayes, James Muller, Nancy Nerantzi and Liam Riddick, plus two apprentice dancers Sharia Johnson and Ryan Ledger.

5. Richard Alston Dance Company always gets fantastic reviews, so you know you’re in for a good time.

Their last show in Edinburgh received five stars from The Herald: ‘Burning sets the sizzle factor alight’, and four stars from a host of critics: ‘had the whole auditorium buzzing’ (The Scotsman), ‘spectacular and amazing’ (What’s Good To Do), ‘delights and wonders’ (All Edinburgh Theatre).

This article is from 2015.

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.

The Lowry, Salford

Mon 13 Feb 2017

£13.50–£21.50 / 08432 086000

Tue 14 Feb 2017

£13.50–£21.50 / 08432 086000

Malvern Theatres

Tue 28 Feb 2017

Forum Theatre

£14–£16.24; £8.96 under 26s / 01684 892 277

Wed 1 Mar 2017

Forum Theatre

£14–£16.24; £8.96 under 26s / 01684 892 277

Sadler's Wells, London EC1R

Fri 16 Jun 2017

£12–£38 / 0844 412 4300

Sat 17 Jun 2017

£12–£38 / 0844 412 4300

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