Richard Alston Dance Company

Tuesday 29 April at 8pm

Main House - Tickets: £10 - £18


Britain’s most celebrated contemporary dance company returns with a programme which features the shimmering beauty of Ravel, the exhilaration of Benjamin Britten and the lighting energy of Bang on a Can All-Stars.

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.

Revived for last year’s centenary of Benjamin Britten, Illuminations paints a vivid picture of the wild young genius Arthur Rimbaud. Britten and Alston combine to depict images from the turbulent life of the young poet, visionary and misfit in equal part.

To end the evening, Martin Lawrance’s Madcap is fast paced, thrilling and set to the driven music of ultra-cool New York band, Bang on a Can All-Stars. Madcap was rapturously received by audiences and critics alike last season.


£10, £14, £16, £18
Under 26s and schools £8.50
Groups 8+ 20% Discount
Family Ticket £50
A family ticket is for four people maximum per household, with a maximum of two of those being adults.

Free pre-show talk

There will be a free pre-show talk at 7pm available to ticket holders. The capacity for this is 45 and we ask that you reserve your place in advance by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Dates & Times

Richard Alston Dance Company - Tue 29 Apr 8:00pm Tue 29 Apr Main House 8:00pm £10 - £18


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

All the dancers ate up the work as if relishing this rare slice of passion and drama.

The Independent

The choreography crackles with an energy that makes you realise just how versatile, how unstinting, the dancers are. Wow!

The Herald

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