Fri 12 May to Sat 13 May

Oxford Playhouse

An Italian in Madrid, Tangent, Chacony,


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The ever musical Richard Alston Dance Company returns with an all new programme of critically acclaimed work.

Alston’s An Italian in Madrid is inspired by the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti played live onstage by Jason Ridgway. Scarlatti was a baroque composer hugely influenced by Spanish guitar music, to explore this fusion of different cultures and styles Alston has invited BBC Young Dancer grand finalist Vidya Patel to join his company for this exciting piece.

‘A marriage made in heaven’ ★★★★ Observer, March 2016

In Tangent, Martin Lawrance explores the vivid accents and attack of Tango. Four couples, intertwined but shifting and subtly syncopating, glide through the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Tango master Piazzolla, played live by Jason Ridgway on piano.

‘Four couples… swoon, tease and clash across the whole gamut of passions’ ★★★★★ The Herald, September 2016

Chacony, Alston’s newest dance, is inspired by the powerful Chaconne of Henry Purcell. Every bit as powerful but much more stringent is the Chacony from Britten’s String Quartet No. 2, conceived as an overt tribute to Purcell. Alston juxtaposes these two pieces to make a dance that gets under the skin of the richness and nobility of Purcell, reaching into darker places before reaffirming hope for humanity.

Times: 7.30pm
Venue: on tour