Richard Alston curated film season

The highly-acclaimed Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Northampton this Autumn for two stunning nights of dance at  Royal & Derngate on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 October. Prior to these performances, audiences can enjoy a season of films in the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in September, curated and introduced by choreographer Richard Alston.

He explains: “As a choreographer, music has always been a major inspiration for me and so I have chosen films in which music has a particularly strong presence.” 

The short season of classic films starts with The Beat That My Heart Skipped, on Sunday 4 September at 2pm. In this French movie by Jacques Audiard, Alston notes the stark contrast between a young man’s daily routine of intimidation and the great heights of Bach’s keyboard pieces. 1949 film noir The Third Man, screened on Sunday 11 September, is a fast moving mystery set against the theatrically lit ruins of post-war Vienna, which Richard finds full of choreographic ideas, permeated with a resonating score by Anton Karas. Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew, on Sunday 18 September, inspired Richard with its accompanying soundtrack that covers the Missa Luba, choruses from the Bach Passions, Mozart’s Masonic Funeral music and Bulgarian women’s emotional singing.

The programme for Richard Alston Dance Company’s performances bears the characteristic hallmarks of musicality and grace. It features Richard Alston’s latest work, An Italian in Madrid, which is inspired by the sonatas of Scarlatti, a composer hugely influenced by Spanish music. This piece continues Alston’s fascination with the fusion of different cultures and styles.

Associate choreographer Martin Lawrance evokes the tightly controlled but volatile energy of the modern tango in his brand new piece Tangent, with music by the father of Tango Nuevo, Astor Piazzolla. The programme also features a performance of Alston’s Rejoice in the Lamb, danced to Benjamin Britten’s superb setting of Christopher Smart’s poetry. The words are full of wild and witty details and the music was originally commissioned for the Church of St Matthew’s in Northampton.

Click here for more information about the Richard Alston Dance Company performances at Royal & Derngate.

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