Richard Alston Dance Company
Contemporary dance. Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK's leading centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most influential and inspiring choreographers in British dance.
Archive :: production:T1990352729, dance or ballet:S901, venue:V830272338
Overdrive/Shuffle it Right/To Dance and Skylark
The joyous surge of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the idiosyncratic songs of Hoagy Carmichael, and the taut, driven layers of Californian composer Terry Riley...here is music full of glorious contrasts. Richard Alston’s Overdrive
takes up the pulsating rhythm of Californian composer Terry Riley’s music and runs with it to the wire - shifting, changing direction, curving over and under but never pausing for breath. Shuffle it Right
is a light and good humoured company piece syncopating to the jazzy songs of Hoagy Carmichael, who himself sings and plays piano on these wartime recordings, which include Stardust, of course, and Ol’ Man Harlem and Riverboat Shuffle. Martin Lawrance’s To Dance and Skylark
is a celebration of Bach’s vigorous and colourful Brandenburg concertos. Lawrance’s steps pick up on all the elation of this wonderful music.