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Three American Premieres

Richard Alston Dance Company

February 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Boasting a “rich, pliant, full-bodied” style that transports audiences “to the heart of dance itself” (The New York Times), Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Peak Performances for its final American engagement before the company closes its doors after more than 25 years. A selection of recent works highlights the unflagging invention of this beloved group, led by Richard Alston, one of the world’s finest choreographers currently celebrating his 50th year of making dances. Performed to live music, Alston’s witty Brahms Hungarian is presented alongside Shine On, the last piece the choreographer will create for the company. The fast-paced Detour, created by associate choreographer Martin Lawrance, rounds out a thrilling program that celebrates a troupe still in top form, even as the curtain closes.

Voices and Light Footsteps
Choreography by Richard Alston
Music by Claudio Monteverdi
Lighting by Martin Lawrence
Costumes by Peter Todd

Detour – American Premiere
Choreography by Martin Lawrance
Music by Michael Gordon from the album Timer Remixed
Lighting by Zeynep Kepekli
Costumes by Jeffrey Rogador

Shine On – American Premiere
Choreography by Richard Alston
Music by Benjamin Britten
Performed live by pianist Jason Ridgway
Soprano Gelsey Bell
Lighting by Zeynep Kepekli
Costumes by Fotini Dimou

Brahms Hungarian – American Premiere
Choreography by Richard Alston
Music by Johannes Brahms, Hungarian Dances for solo piano
Performed live by pianist Jason Ridgway
Lighting by Zeynep Kepekli
Costumes by Fotini Dimou
Costume maker Hilary Wili


First Impressions
Saturday, February 22, post-performance
Alexander Kasser Theater
Richard Alston; Janet Eilber, Artistic Director Martha Graham Dance Company; and Emily Coates, Director of Dance Studies and Associate Professor in Theater Studies at Yale University
For more information, please visit www.peakperfs.org/engage


Romeo CastellucciDirector and stage, lighting and costume designer Romeo Castellucci (Cesena, Italy, 1960) is known throughout the world for creating a theatre founded on the totality of the arts and aimed at an integral perception. He has also written various theoretical essays on directing. His theatre engages in a type of dramaturgy that overturns the primacy of literature, thus becoming a complex and supple form of art, a theatre made of extraordinarily rich images expressed in a language as comprehensible as music, sculpture, painting or architecture. The Societas Raffaello Sanzio, the theatre company he created in 1981, is internationally recognised as one of today’s most important for its radical aesthetic stance and the profoundly human nature of its creations. Since 2006, after the eleven performances of the cycle Tragedia Endogonidia, a monumental recapitulation of tragedy in contemporary Europe, Romeo Castellucci has also worked on individual projects.His stagings are regularly invited to and produced by the most prestigious international theatres, opera houses and festivals, in over fifty countries covering all the continents.Among his most recent creations: Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio(2011), Parsifal by Richard Wagner (2011), The Four Seasons Restaurant(2012), Hyperion based on Friedrich Hölderlin (2013), Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck (2014), Neither by Morton Feldman (2014), Go Down, Moses (2014), Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky (2014), Ödipus der Tyrann (2015), Moses und Aronby Arnold Schönberg (2015), The Minister’s Black Veil inspired by Hawthorne’s parable (2016), Jeanne au bûcher by Arthur Honegger(2017), Democracy in America freely inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville(2017), Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner (2017) and at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam Dar Floss der Medusaby Hans Werner Henze (2018). He has received numerous awards and distinctions. In 1996, he was given the Europa Prize Nuove realtà teatrali, and in 2002 was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic. In 2005, he was appointed director of the theatre section of the Venice Biennale. In 2008, he was named “associated artist” by the artistic committee of the Festival d’Avignon for its 62nd edition. In 2010, Le Monde chose his Trilogy ‘Divina Commedia’ as best performance, and the only theatrical work included among the most significant cultural events of the decade 2000-2010. In 2013 the Venice Biennale awarded him its prestigious Prize Golden Lion for his career in theatre. In 2014, he received a degree honoris causa from the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum in the disciplines of Music and Theatre. Opernwelt, the leading German periodical in the field of opera, also awarded him its prize for Best Director 2014. The 2014 and 2015 seasons of the Festival d’Automne in Paris, each presenting three of his works as part of the Portrait Biennale, definitively established him as one of the major artists of our time. In 2015 he received the UBU Prize for the best set-design for the production Go Down, Moses.


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Last year, it was announced that the British modern-dance troupe Richard Alston Dance Company will shut its doors in 2020, after twenty-five years in operation; it’s a loss to anyone who loves the craft of dance, and to those who admire Alston’s lyrical voice and vivid response to music. The company will visit the area one last time, at Peak Performances (Feb. 20-23), in Montclair, New Jersey. Continue Reading


Richard Alston Dance Company is supported by Arts Council England and The Place.

Programs in Peak Performances’ 2019-20 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Date: February 23, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Organizer Name: Arts & Cultural Programming