Wed 12 Feb to Thu 13 Feb

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

A Ceremony of Carols, Rejoice in the Lamb, Illuminations

£23, £18.50, £16, £14, £11

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‘If you were going to ask any choreographer to mark the Britten centenary, Richard Alston would be top of your list. For decades he has proved the most musical of our dancemakers and the one most attuned to the sensitivity of his chosen scores.’ Debra Craine, The Times

Following the rave reviews for its Benjamin Britten centenary performances at the Barbican, Richard Alston Dance Company will return to the Marlowe Theatre with a unique all-Britten programme featuring two works with the Canterbury Cathedral Choir.

A Ceremony of Carols, commissioned by the Marlowe, and premiered to great acclaim in 2012 will once again see the dancers accompanied onstage by the Cathedrals boys’ choir.

‘Alston captures the soaring ecstasies and dark mysteries of Britten’s musical vision.’ The Guardian

Richard Alston’s brand new work Rejoice in the Lamb, which receives its world premiere in Canterbury. Danced to Britten’s superb setting of Christopher Smart’s words sung by the Canterbury Cathedral Choir. The poetry is fuelled by both religious fervour and such eccentric details as the poet’s cat Jeffrey!

Illuminations paints a vivid picture of the wild young genius Arthur Rimbaud. Britten and Alston combine to depict images from the turbulent life of the young poet, visionary and misfit in equal part.

‘A ravishing piece… danced to the hilt by Alston’s fine company.’ Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

Times: 7.30pm
Venue: on tour