‘Alston’s Lachrymae, set to Britten’s variations on John Dowland, is one of the choreographer’s most luminous and tender works’ Debra Craine, The Times

Choreography: Richard Alston
Music: Benjamin Britten Lachrymae Op.48
Restaged by: Martin Lawrance
Lighting: Peter Mumford
Relit: Charles Balfour
Costumes: Belinda Ackermann

Britten’s Lachrymae is a set of variations on John Dowland’s If My Complaints Could Passions Move. The mood is subdued, melancholy, reflecting the words of the original song. This dance was created for the Aldeburgh festival in 1994 – it was revived in Spring 2013 as part of  Britten 100, a celebration of the composer’s centenary year. Lachrymae will form part of a whole Britten/Alston evening of dance to be presented at the Barbican Theatre, London in collaboration with Britten Sinfonia.

Lachrymae was first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts on 11 June 1994. This revival first performed at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 8 May 2013. Music by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes.

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