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:T1883361898, dance or ballet:S901, venue:V302
Roughcut/Out of the Strong/Light Flooding into Darkened Rooms
Alston’s contemporary classic Roughcut
is danced to the cascading peals of Steve Reich’s shimmering New York and Electric Counterpoints for clarinet and guitar. Out of the Strong
is driven by the dramatic contrasts of Prokofiev’s sixth Piano Sonata, in which terse anger melts into sweet lyricism. Both music and dance deal with the complexity of Prokofiev’s character, which was warm and irascible by turn. Light Flooding into Darkened Rooms
has a sense of intimate small space, marked out by light spilling through windows. Very much inspired by the paintings of Vermeer, the dance is accompanied by the quiet sensuality of baroque lute music.