About:The ever musical Richard Alston Dance Company returns with a programme including dances to piano pieces that originate from completely different worlds. Brand new, these works by Richard Alston and Martin Lawrance are accompanied live onstage by the extraordinary pianist Jason Ridgway. Alston?s latest work is inspired by the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, a composer hugely influenced by Spanish music. An Italian in Madrid continues Alston?s fascination with the fusion of different cultures and styles and to explore this, Alston has invited BBC Young Dancer grand finalist Vidya Patel to join his company for this exciting new work.
Chacony is inspired by the powerful Chaconne of Henry Purcell. Every bit as powerful but much more stringent is the Chacony from Britten?s String Quartet No. 2, conceived as an overt tribute to Purcell. Alston juxtaposes these two pieces to make a dance that gets under the skin of the richness and nobility of Purcell, reaching into darker places before reaffirming hope for humanity.Read more at http://www.thelowry.com/event/an-italian-in-madrid#6XDAo49ivVI1F34v.99