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Richard Alston Dance Company

Opens: 11/03/2010 Closes: 26/05/2010 UK tour
As one of Britain’s leading choreographers, Richard Alston is known for an instinctively musical approach. This innovative contemporary dance tour presents an energetic triple bill that centres on Alston’s Movements of Petrushka. Overdrive and To Dance and Skylark (by Martin Lawrence) complete the production. For more information visit: http://www.theplace.org.uk/radc Buy: http://www.theplace.org.uk/665/tour-dates/forthcoming-performances.html Watch:
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The Telegraph“Combines whimsy with an emotional and physical strength...” A work of emotional contrasts. The subtle responsiveness of the set (the wall changes colour from pale blue to black as the mood shifts) and the simplicity of the costumes give the piece an unfussy, almost understated aura...
 
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Evening Standard“Finely crafted contemporary creations...” Lawrance is every inch Alston’s pupil, sharing many of his teacher’s strengths and flaws. As ever, the dancers were excellent while pianist Jason Ridgway, perched centre stage with the dancers, was a joy...
 
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The Independent“A wonderful group of dancers: speedy, fluent, musical...” Alston moves his dancers in blocks, then breaks away to follow a soloist. Wayne Parsons zigzags in and out of a crowd, dancing with weight and attack. The work ends with two blocks moving in contrast, patterns shifting and regrouping...
 
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The Stage“Such a breathtakingly liberated piece...” At moments where you expect the dancers to need the ground to push off from, they seem to find an invisible floor or wall from which to propel themselves, discovering new planes to traverse and filling the stage with an uninhibited joy...
 
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Financial Times“Alston’s creations are felicitously ensconced in their music...” They look what they are: products of an adventurous dance intelligence, wide ranging in inspiration, marked by a certain austerity of choreographic means. Alston is so deeply engaged by his task, so alert to patterns and varieties of dynamics...
 
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Guardian“A flattering showcase for the company's fine dancers...” There's a ferocity of line and lushness of detail in To Dance and Skylark that show Lawrance developing a passionate mastery of his craft. Alston's musical instincts are equally alert in Overdrive...
 
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MusicOMH“Always a great pleasure to watch...” The dance, the music and the staging creates a seamless whole in a way which is so characteristic of Alston - who demonstrates his ability to achieve this across a very varied repertoire...
 
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