Richard Alston

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  • Richard Alston
    • Born in Sussex, 1948
    • Training
      • Went to Eton College before studying Art at Croydon College of Art
      • At 18, he started taking classes in contemporary, then became a full-time student at LCDS
      • 1975, he left to training with Cunningham in New York
    • Choreographer
      • 1980, Alston was appointed Resident Choreographer fro Ballet Rambert
      • 1986, he then became Artistic Director where by he choreographed over 25 works
        • This included, Rite of Spring, Wildlife, Strong Language, and Pulcinella
      • His dances often have no meaning but are concerned with movement for movement sake
      • His works are said to combine principles of classicism with explosive forces of contemporary
    • Significant Influences
      • Architecture & Space
        • he finds architecture inspiring. "space is physical, its cartable it can be sculptured by movement
      • Art & Sculpture
        • He describes his way of moving like drawing i the air
        • He used nigel osborne's sculpture in Soda Lake,
          • it was a sculpture that the dancers both interacted with and mirrored within the movement.
      • Music
        • The drive to create movement is in response to the music
          • he also uses silence, text and soundscapes but also continues to find intrinsic rhythms in the movement
      • Individuality & Movement
        • Alston likes to experiment in the studio and see where the 'mistakes' will lead to
        • Individuality from his dancers are seen as a variety of distinctions and gives his works depth
        • the Cunningham technique has allowed him to develop his own signature style
          • The sense of fall and suspensions with the contrast of shape angles and lines
    • Collaborations
      • Alston explored the importance of collaborations with music and design in dance
      • he has worked with visual artist such as Richard Smith in 'Wildlife' and Nigel Hall in 'Soda Lake'
        • It is clear in 'Soda Lake' that Alston intertwines choreography in design




The sculpture used in Soda Lake was created by Nigel Hall, not Nigel Osborne. Nigel Osborne was originally intended to create the music for the piece, but he rejected, saying that the dance would be more effective in silence.

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