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  1. This morning's links include a long and detailed review by Claire Seymour of the Alston company's programme at Snape Maltings on Saturday. I saw the same programme the night before, which included the first performance of Shine On, the latest addition to Alston's probably unequalled list of dances to the music of Benjamin Britten - I say 'the latest' rather than 'the last' in the hope that this isn't the end: the last poem in the piece ends '... the loss as major, And final, final' but I would sooner believe Alston's own very brief speech at the end - "I LOVE this place. I will not say goodbye". Anyway. I liked Shine On a lot, despite my own very strong preference for a tenor voice in this music (no disrespect at all to the soprano. Katherine McIndoe). I did wish though that Alston had found rather more depth in the Nocturne ('Now through night's caressing grip') - for me it's one of the most beautiful pieces Britten ever wrote and I was hoping for a stronger response. The programme ended happily with Brahms Hungarian, which I hadn't seen before - and if you are a ballet-goer I defy you to sit through it without once thinking "Dances at a Hungarian Gathering" - and very nice too.
  2. I've admired this small company tremendously since I first saw them at The Place a couple of years ago. They recently appeared at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh and when I read the reviews of the bill via the links http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/dance-review-richard-alston-dance-company-festival-theatre-edinburgh-1-4570266 I checked out their tour venues and off I went to Woking yesterday evening. Alston's pieces are simply terrific : the choreography is so clever, imaginative and beautiful it needs no fancy staging to embellish it. The company dance it with feeling, sensitivity and modesty, not a weak link amongst them. The standout dancer is the phenomenal Liam Riddick, who IMO is one of the most mesmerising performers around in any genre of dance. There are more dates here https://www.richardalstondance.com/performances?category[]=69&field_venue_tid=All worth catching if you can.
  3. An extract from the current programme at Sadlers Wells on until Saturday. Most of the solos and duets were poorly lit. So apologies for the low quality of some of the pictures. Some pictures from the rehearsal of Gypsy Mixture. The company in Gypsy Mixture Nicholas Bodych The company in Gypsy Mixture More pictures on www.johnrossballetgallery.co.uk
  4. I spent a truly blissful evening last night watching the Richard Alston Dance Company at The Lowry. I apologise in advance that this post is going to be overly full of superlatives! The evening started with the absolutely exquisite An Italian in Madrid. I was just transported away by the luscious choreography, the quality of the dancing, the glorious music and the costumes. It's the first time I have seen a scenario for a piece by Richard Alston (I don't always buy a programme so I am not sure if any other of his works are defined by one). The piece has 2 scenes - the first showing the composer Scarlatti in Naples flirting (or maybe teaching) with the ladies. The second scene is set in Lisbon where he is the teacher of a young Portuguese princess due to become a bride and Princess of Spain. Guest dancer Vidya Patel was beautiful and very expressive. Richard Alston had wanted to incorporate some hints of Kathak in the choreography and to my way of thinking he has succeeded with the way he uses her swirling turns and some of her small leaps. The two styles meld into one with glorious effect. I loved the beautiful duet between Vidya Patel and Liam Riddick as they are getting to know each other. The slightly differing styles of their movement to me highlighted the cultural differences between the pair. The courtly moves of the men sometimes reminded me of the movements for the men shown in the TV programme about the making of David Bintley's The King Dances and the piece, for me, had a sense of that time. Yes, I know I am repeating myself, but I just found it truly exquisite. I could have watched it all over again ... and again ... and again ... After the interval we were treated to Martin Lawrence's Tangent set to a piano arrangement of Piazolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. I just loved the music (I must see if it is available on CD) and Martin Lawrence made the most of it. Although it was a contemporary dance piece it definitely had a flavour of tango. I found it exhilarating to watch. The evening ended with Richard Alston's Chacony, which is in 2 parts - the first to music by Purcell and the second to music by Britten. The Purcell section was stately and courtly and the Britten section had more of a visceral edge to me. What brought the two halves into a cohesive whole was Alston's use of the music and his sheer musicality as a choreographer. I love his fluid and flowing movements that are so beautiful and at time ethereal. Again I just loved watching this piece and didn't want it to end. So it really was a truly blissful evening.
  5. A good evening, on Friday, opened a weekend of events under the title 'Britten Dances'. Of the five Alston/Britten works shown, two were new to me - the world premiere of Chacony (a respectful, full-company ensemble piece), and the attractive Rejoice in the Lamb, sounding superb in the wonderful Snape acoustic. My favourite remains Illuminations - beautiful in every way, with fine singing from Mark Padmore, and strongly danced by Liam Riddick and Nicholas Bodych - their partnership in the section starting Gracieux fils de Pan! was very touching. I also liked Bodych a lot in Rejoice in the Lamb - don't think I've seen him before but look forward to the next time. A warmly enthusiastic audience, too. But I did wish they'd turn the lighting up just a bit...
  6. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the rehearsal of Richard Alston Dance Company's 'An Italian in Madrid' at Sadlers Wells. Here are some sample photos... Sharia Johnson, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Jennifer Hayes © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Vidya Patel, Oihana Vesga Bujan, Elly Braund, Nancy Nerantzi © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Liam Riddick, Vidya Patel © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Richard Alston Dance Company - An Italian in Madrid Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  7. Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the Richard Alston photo call at the Barbican's Britten festival. Here are a couple of sample photos: Ihsaan de Banya (Hippolytus) & mezzo-soprano Allison Cook (Phaedra) in Richard Alston's Phaedra © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Ihsaan de Banya (Hippolytus) & members of the company in Richard Alston's Phaedra © Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set from DanceTabs: Richard Alston's Phaedra Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  8. Just for one night at the New Wimbledon Theatre - Richard Alston's - Buzzing Round the Hunisuccle. If you are around the Wimbledon area on Saturday 9th of February do go and see them and let us know your views on the evening. Hannah Kidd and Andrew Macleman in Richard Alston's - Buzzing Round the Hunisuccle More pictures on www.johnrossballetgallery.co.uk
  9. here is a smidgen of the impressive dancing of Richard Alston's dancers, appearing at the Place at the moment: Richard Alston Dance Company - Oihana Vesga Bujan © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Richard Alston Dance Company - Hannah Kidd © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Richard Alston Dance Company - Nathan Goodman © Dave Morgan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr See more... Set on Flickr - Richard Alston Dance Company at The Place Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
  10. Richard Alston's brief season at The Place comprised four works: Shimmer, Isthmus and a new solo, Darknesse Visible, all by Richard Alston, and Martin Lawrence's Madcap. Richard Alston Dance Company - Oihana Vesga Bujan. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr © Dave Morgan Richard Alston Dance Company - Hannah Kidd. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr © Dave Morgan Richard Alston Dance Company - Nathan Goodman. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr © Dave Morgan More… Dave Morgan: Richard Alston Dance Company - 27 photos Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Discussion of this programme is here
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