Upstage, the company stands in line. As the music builds, the whirring tones of Julia Wolfe’s score for eight double basses, a group breaks rank and runs forward, flying through space with strong, powerful movement. “Stronghold,” the new work by former company dancer and now associate choreographer of Richard Alston Dance Company, Martin Lawrence, is one of four pieces in the company’s latest programme. Performed at Sadler’s Wells, London, it’s a piece which, like the rest of the bill, shows this long-standing company is far from ready to rest on its laurels.
Richard Alston Dance Company in “An Italian in Madrid.” Photograph by Jane Hobson
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continue Reading