RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY
As we celebrate the tenth year of the Jerwood DanceHouse, we are delighted to present Richard Alston Dance Company’s fifth visit to Snape Maltings as part of the company’s final tour – a significant moment for dance in the UK. Before the Jerwood DanceHouse, so much of our work took place at Snape Maltings, and it was with the very generous support of our audience in the region that our ambition to create a purpose-built dance facility was possible. So, it seemed only fitting to return to Snape Maltings in our tenth year to celebrate and say thank you for the support.
Snape Maltings and the music of Benjamin Britten have long been close to Alston’s heart and for their final appearance in Suffolk, the company gives the world premiere of Alston’s new piece Shine On. This special performance will be dedicated to Lizzie Fargher, as a thank you for her generous support through The Tezmae Charitable Trust. Shine On is danced to a live performance by soprano Katherine McIndoe and pianist Jason Ridgway of Britten’s first published songs, the W.H. Auden settings On this Island.
Ridgway also plays for Brahms Hungarian, danced to Brahms’ hugely popular Hungarian Dances. This special programme also includes Voices and Light Footsteps, inspired by glorious Monteverdi madrigals and sinfonias, while the pulsating music of American composer Michael Gordon accompanies Martin Lawrance’s thrillingly energetic Detour.
“Alston is one of the few real dance makers in the world and he can show us how, when real dance comes along, it changes everything” The Dancing Times
“The moment it ended I longed to see it again – immediately.”
– Culture Whisper ★★★★★
“Richard Alston’s choreography is lyrical in the deepest, clearest sense: it sings.”
– Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice, 2006
Join Richard Alston for a pre-show talk
Friday 1 November | 6.30pm
There is a pre-show talk with Richard Alston, free with a ticket to the performance – due to limited availability please book your space in advance!
Performance and pre-show talk tickets are bookable via the Snape Maltings box office on 01728 687110 or online at: https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/richard-alston-dance-company-final-edition/