Monthly Archives: January 2015


Richard Alston is a key figure in British contemporary dance. He was one of the first students at London Contemporary Dance School in the late 1960s and founded the country’s first independent dance company, Strider, in 1972. In 1980 he went on to become Rambert’s resident choreographer and later Artistic Director (he made the decision to drop ‘Ballet’ from the company’s name), before forming his own company at The Place in 1994. Over his 45 year career in dance Alston has developed a choreographic style which is intrisincally linked with music. The company are celebrating their 20th anniversary next week with a special programme at Sadler’s Wells – and as a preview, we’ve been dipping in to the archive of the work he’s made -and the wide range of music which has inspired him…

Part of the programme at Sadler’s Wells next week, Alston’s inspiratoin is Benjamin Britten’s joyous setting of the words of poet Christopher Smart

Sadler’s Wells Wild Card – Casson & Friends

Wild Card returns with more specially curated evenings from a new generation of dance makers, bringing fresh perspectives to the stage. For each Wild Card, an up-and-coming artist is given the opportunity to present their own work, alongside performances by artists they admire.

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