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 is juxtaposing 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.
In Tangent, Martin Lawrance explores further (after his Brink of 2007) the vivid accents and attack of Tango. Four couples, intertwined but shifting and subtly syncopating, glide through the Estaciones Porteno (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by Tango Master Piazzolla, played live by Jason Ridgway on piano. The costumes for Tangent are designed by sharp young Filipino Fashion Designer Jeffrey Rogador.
A great Alston favourite Gypsy Mixture is newly revived for the first time in a decade. Exhilarating dancing to the infectious music of Romanian and Macedonian gypsy bands will lift your spirits and quicken your pulse.
The evening will also feature a special curtain raiser by the students of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. The students will perform Glint by Richard Alston made last year and set to Second Construction by John Cage.
***** “Echoing cheers for Alston and his dancers” Financial Times, 2016
Venue: on tour