Richard Alston Dance Company celebrates 50 years of dance with the autumn tour of Mid Century Modern.  Celebrating the fifty years that Richard Alston has been making dances, this show is a mixture of brand new pieces and extracts chosen from the past decades of Alston’s choreography.

This year the new piece is to be Alston’s Brahms Hungarian Dances; music that Alston had planned on choreographing to for years. Brahms’ piano pieces will be played live on stage by RADC’s outstanding pianist Jason Ridgway. Full of passionate drive and joyful gusto, the dance is swept along by the energy of this hugely popular music. Costumes will be designed by award-winning designer Fotini Dimou with lighting by Zeynep Kepekli, both regular collaborators with Alston.

Another brand new dance will be premiered by Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance, inspired by Drumming Remix, a reworking of music by American Master Steve Reich, with costumes by Jeffry Rogador and lighting by Zeynep Kepekli. This piece will accompany a celebratory revival of Proverb, one of Alston’s most telling choreographies, to the serene and cool vocal work of Steve Reich. Created in 2006 as part of Reich’s seventieth birthday celebrations at London’s Barbican, this is the very first time the piece has been revived.

Also in the programme will be choreography by Alston which dates all the way back to 1970 (Nowhere Slowly), Rainbow Bandit (1977) and the joyful finale from The Signal of a Shake (music Handel, 1999). The programme shows the range of achievement by this veteran, but still lively, artist.

Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA 3 October. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: £14.- £25. Phone: 0203 285 6000

Photo by Elliot Franks