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Monday 19 August 2019

Final Edition: The Richard Alston Dance Company Call Time On Career With Farewell Show In Brighton

With this autumn tour called Final Edition the The Richard Alston Dance Company will embark on its farewell tour, giving one final opportunity for a Brighton audience to see a live performance by what is undoubtedly one of the world's best dance ensembles.
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Over the past 50 years, Sir Richard Alston has played a major role in the world of contemporary dance, developing a unique and distinct dance language and shaping the art form in this country. 

For this final victory lap, Richard Alston has put together a celebration of his company's unflagging creativity, a diverse mix of dance and music bringing some brand-new dances along with key works revived from the company's history.

"This tour is the last for my Dance Company and it's a chance for me to say a huge thank you to the marvellously loyal audiences who have come to see us year after year. 

"We are so so lucky to have had such terrific support and I personally cannot thank you enough."


Voices and Light Footsteps is the UK premiere of Alston's latest creation. The dance was inspired by the sensuously expressive vocal madrigals and instrumental sinfonias of Claudio Monteverdi, genius of the Italian Baroque. 

A Far Cry is associate choreographer Martin Lawrance's newest creation set to the impassioned Introduction and Allegro of Edward Elgar, with costumes by Jeffrey Rogador and lighting by Zeynep Kepekli. 

Mazur is a duet for two friends to the music of Chopin, whose Mazurkas are an intense outpouring of longing for his beloved homeland. Created in 2014 for two former company dancers, Mazur will be revived for the current company of dancers.

Brahms Hungarian, set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces played live by solo pianist Jason Ridgway, will culminate the evening. Created last year, this new dance proved a favourite with audiences and returns to be enjoyed one last time.

The Richard Alston Dance Company will cease to operate in April 2020.

Richard Alston Dance Company's 'Final Edition' comes to Theatre Royal Brighton on Tuesday 8th October 2019. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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