Richard Alston Dance Company — Rejoice in the Lamb, Burning, Nomadic, Madcap

26 & 27 Jan 2015

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

 

"What he does, he does so beautifully. Revel in it"
Evening Standard

Richard Alston Dance Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with a programme unique to Sadler’s Wells, and that has been named one of The Guardian's unmissable dance events of 2015. Making its London debut, Alston’s Rejoice in the Lamb is Benjamin Britten’s joyous setting of the words of poet Christopher Smart, sung live onstage by the 24-voice American choir, Montclair State University Vocal Accord.

Martin Lawrance’s newest piece, Burning, follows the disintegrating love affair of the composer Liszt and his long-term mistress. The dance is as passionate and turbulent as Liszt’s Dante Sonata, played onstage by international pianist Amit Yahav.

Nomadic is a new piece commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, with music by urban gypsy band Shukar Collective, mixing Asian-influenced traditional Romany singing with the toughness of an urban beat. To explore the interaction between gypsy music and urban sound, Alston has collaborated with the young dancer and choreographer Ajani Johnson-Goffe.

Finally Lawrance’s Madcap sees a frenetic rock-influenced score by Julia Wolfe played live by the contemporary ensemble Icebreaker. The choreography portrays a disturbing outsider who insidiously disrupts the group, both music and dance sharing the same restlessly surging energy.

***** "The choreography crackles with an energy that makes you realise just how versatile, how unstinting, the dancers are. Wow!"
The Herald

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R