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
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading