There are two very distinct strands to Richard Alston's choreography. The first is a provocative, experimental path, where Alston's eccentric musical choices dictate the shifts and twists within. The second is a more classical, traditional route. Yet, both are never too sentimental or frilly, in spite of the craftsmanship. His is a “get on with it” approach, and there is an enormous amount of heart and humour, so it's really heartbreaking to think there have been recent cuts to the company, and they're winding down.
Pierre Tapon, Nancy Nerantzi, Anelli Binder in “Isthmus.” Photograph by Tony Nandi
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