5 reasons to not miss Richard Alston Dance Company
- Kelly Apter
- 21 October 2015
This article is from 2015.
The contemporary dance company tours the UK, here's why you need to check it out
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).