Dance company’s show celebrating its 20th anniversary

Richard Alston Dance Co, Buxton Opera House
Richard Alston Dance Co, Buxton Opera House
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Richard Alston Dance, 
Buxton Opera House

World-renowned choreographer Richard Alston is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his dance company with a triple bill of his work tonight.

Industry magazine Dancing Times described Alston as “one of the few real dance makers in the world… he can show us how, when real dance comes along, it changes everything.”

Buxton Opera House says: “Alston is renowned for having a very close relationship with his music, taking inspiration for his work directly from the pieces he selects.”

This show features Burning with music by the 19th century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and Illuminations and Rejoice in the Lamb, two pieces based on 20th century English composer Benjamin Britten’s music.

The opera house said: “Britten sought inspiration for Illuminations from Les Illuminations, a poem by the wild French poet Arthur Rimbaud during the late 19th century.

“Rimbaud travelled to remote regions of Africa and Asia and it is thought that the somewhat dark poetry was conjured up with the help of the hashish pipe and his love of absinthe.

“Themes analysed under the influence were the theatricality of life, the chaos of the big cities, and the tragic, painful aspect of beauty.”

Rejoice in the Lamb is set to Britten’s music with weird and wonderful poetry, written in an asylum by, Christopher Smart. Associate choreographer Martin Lawrence’s Burning will be danced to Liszt’s Dante Sonata, performed live by pianist Jason Ridgway.

The show starts at 7.30pm with a free pre-performance talk at 6.30pm. Tickets: 0845 127 2190 or