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Fresh from two Sadler’s Wells performances celebrating its 20th anniversary, Richard Alston Dance Companyembarks on its anniversary tour of the UK and will stop off at Exeter Northcott in March.

The company of 10 dancers presents a mix of repertoire including Nomadic and Burning, the latest works by Alston and his Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance, alongside old favourite 2003’s Overdrive, now on the GCSE syllabus.

Alston continues to break new ground for himself with his new work Nomadic. He has invited young hip hop and contemporary choreographer/performer Ajani Johnson-Goffe to collaborate with him – a first in his 45-year career. Exploring the meeting point between hip hop and world music, Nomadic is set to music by Ursari Gypsy band Shukar Collective who fuse Romany and electronic music to dark, sharp effect.

★★★★★
“…a sensational execution of tension and repose…”
MORNING STAR on Nomadic

Martin Lawrance’s latest work Burning premiered in Scotland in autumn 2014 to a standing ovation and rave reviews. Set to Lizst’s Dante Sonata, played live, Burning explores ‘Lisztomania’ and the composer’s relationship with the young, married Countess, Marie D’Agoult. The passion floods out of every pore in this frenetic and emotional piece.

★★★★★
Burning sets the sizzle factor alight”
THE HERALD on Burning

Alston’s classic Overdrive is an exhilarating blast of nonstop dancing to the pulsating rhythms of Californian minimalist Terry Riley. The ten dancers of Richard Alston Dance Company ride seamlessly across the surging waves of Riley’s relentless patterning, in an intricate and mesmeric crescendo of movement and sound. Overdriveis one of 12 prescribed professional works for GCSE Dance on the AQA syllabus and Richard Alston Dance Company has produced a teacher’s resource pack to accompany it.

Tickets: A £20.50 B £17.50 C £14.50 D £12.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 10yrs+
Date: Tues 24 – Wed 25 March
Running Time: 1hr 35mins (includes 2 intervals)
Post Show Talk: Tues 24 March

For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her.

Notes to Editors:

Richard Alston
Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in British dance.
Perhaps more than any other choreographer, Richard is known for his instinctive musicality. Alston is renowned for having a very close relationship with his music, taking inspiration for his work directly from the music he uses, to use the music as a point of departure for the choreography. (He recently said that to unwind, as well as reading or watching films, he listens to music he knows he does not want to make dance to).

The Place

Located in the heart of London, The Place is the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance.

The Place unites dance training, creation and performance in our purpose-built centre, which houses some of the best studios in the city. For forty years, we have been a vibrant hub of dance activity, a centre of creative and technical excellence and a magnet for aspiring dancers, talented professionals and cutting-edge choreographers from all over the world.

For more information about Richard Alston and The Place, please visit www.theplace.org.uk