Richard Alston Dance Company

Thu 20 & Fri 21 September | Festival Theatre


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We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to the Festival and King's Theatres.

Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s finest dance ensembles.

The evening centres around Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Rainbow Bandit (1977), Dutiful Ducks (1982) and the beautiful Proverb (2006).

Shimmer is danced to the sun-drenched music of Ravel played live. Julien Macdonald’s fabulous, jewel-encrusted cobweb costumes illuminate dazzling streaks of limpid choreography in a ravishingly beautiful piece of theatre.

The evening will also feature brand new pieces by both Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance.

"One of the strongest sections in Mid Century Modern comes from Proverb, created to mark composer Steve Reich’s birthday in 2006… with clean lines and a gorgeous quality of movement" Independent

"Alston’s barefoot dancers look as if they have been sprinkled with fairy dust. The effect is magical … It’s one of Alston’s most quietly moving dances" The Times

"As tellingly musical as any choreographer alive" New York Times


 * Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund.  An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.


Friends 20% off

Groups (8+) £4 off (Stalls & Dress)

Concessions £3 off 

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to book. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements please phone the box office who can advise. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000 or by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003.