On the eve of Richard Alston Dance Company’s final performances in Edinburgh, Capital Theatres has paid tribute to the legendary British choreographer, Sir Richard Alston by dedicating a seat to him at the Festival Theatre.
The dedicated seat acknowledges Sir Richard’s remarkable career and his commitment to his audiences in Scotland.
Chief Executive of Capital Theatres, Duncan Hendry, says: ‘Richard Alston Dance Company has been a lynchpin of our dance programme. The company launched in 1994, the same year we opened the Festival Theatre and they’ve been performing here every year since 1999. Their commitment to performing in the Scottish capital, premiering new works here and building an audience for dance in Scotland has been a constant.
The company’s dedication to learning and participation has shown the way for other companies to follow, with open rehearsals and workshops for dancers of all ages running alongside the main stage performances. It’s our great honour to dedicate a seat to Richard as our warm acknowledgement of his incredible talent, generosity and his dedication to dance.’
Sir Richard Alston greeted the dedication saying: ‘The Festival Theatre is one of our truly great lyric theatres. The stage is so spacious and so wonderful for dance and the auditorium is not only beautiful but superbly focussed on to the stage. This is why I could not be more deeply honoured that my name is now to be in this wonderful auditorium. I will remember every visit my company has made to this marvellous theatre with deep love and gratitude.’