members of Richard Alston Dance Company are true masters of the
first rule of dance Ė making it look easy. These
incredibly talented dancers perform so effortlessly that they almost
make the spectators think that they could join in at any time.
the feature article on Richard Alston Dance Company.
with a repertoire of six choreographies, the company is currently
touring the UK, offering a different combination of three pieces
in each town that they visit. In Oxford, they performed Stampede,
Slow Airs Almost All, and Rumours, Visions.
who choreographed his first work in 1968, often chooses classical
music to set off his modern work, creating unexpected and liberating
discrepancies between music and movement.
time, mediaeval Italian music and pieces by Mozart and Britten enhanced
the visual experience.
highlight of the evening was the tender yet dynamic duet in Rumours,
Visions in which Jonathan Goddard and Martin Lawrance defied convention
and performed the kind of loving choreography usually reserved for
dancers of different sexes.
this piece, inspired by the intense love affair between Arthur Rimbaud
and Paul Verlaine, Alston let his dancers combine passion, physical
strength and amazing talent to tell a heartbreakingly beautiful
Alstonís dancers took the Oxford audience on a journey that ended
made gravity look like no more than a theory. They took on Alstonís
playful yet serious work with such stage presence and conveyed such
joy that it was difficult not to long to be among them. As ever,
they made us want to dance.