Norwich dance audiences have a last chance to see the renowned Richard Alston Dance Company present two evenings of its unique and distinct contemporary dance as it takes a last bow following its UK tour in the New Year.
Performing on the Norwich Theatre Royal stage for the last time on February 7 & 8, the company which first visited the city in March 1999, will close in April with a tour titled Alston Final Edition.
Over the past 50 years, Sir Richard Alston has played a major role in the world of contemporary dance, shaping the art form in the UK. He has put together a celebration of his company’s creativity, presenting a richly diverse mix of dance and music with some brand-new dances along with key works revived from the company’s history.
In Norwich, the company will be dancing Red Run , A Far Cry, Mazur, Shine On and Voices and Light Footsteps.
Richard said: “This tour is the last for my Dance Company and it’s a chance for me to say a huge thank you to the marvellously loyal audiences who have come to see us year after year. We are so so lucky to have had such terrific support and I personally cannot thank you enough.”
Voices and Light Footsteps is one of Alston’s new creations for the company. The dance was inspired by the sensuously expressive vocal madrigals and instrumental sinfonias of Claudio Monteverdi, a genius of the Italian Baroque.
A Far Cry is associate choreographer Martin Lawrance’s newest creation, set to Edward Elgar’s impassioned Introduction and Allegro, with costumes by Jeffrey Rogador and lighting by Zeynep Kepekli.
Mazur is a duet for two friends to the music of Chopin. The composer’s Mazurkas are an intense outpouring of longing for his beloved homeland. Created in 2014 for two former company dancers, Mazur was specially revived for the current cast.
Red Run from 1998 is a signature Alston classic set to a brooding atmospheric score by Heiner Goebbels. It holds the RADC record of over 90 performances all over the world.
Finally, Shine On is the last work Richard Alston has created for his company of 25 years. Danced to Benjamin Britten’s 1937 song cycle On This Island, and set to five poems by WH Auden, it will be performed live by soprano Katherine McIndoe and pianist Jason Ridgway. Shine On was co-commissioned by DanceEast and Snape Maltings, supported by the Tezmae Charitable Trust. It enjoyed its world premiere at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, in November.
The Final Edition tour covers nine venues across the UK as well as a visit to the Dampfzentrale Bern in Switzerland, followed by an At Home Season at the company’s London base The Place.