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RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY

On 29th and 30th March 2016, at Sadler’s Wells, the remarkable Richard Alston Company will debut a new work: An Italian in Madrid, as part of a quadruple show.

On 29th and 30th March 2016, at Sadler’s Wells, the remarkable Richard Alston Company will debut a new work: An Italian in Madrid, as part of a quadruple show.

2 Nicholas Bodych photo by Rick Guest styling by Olivia Pomp

Photographer Rick Guest recently captured the kinetic movement of the company’s dancers in a series of pictures that transcend the usual images of dance movement that we are accustomed to seeing. The dancers are, quite simply, transformed by Guest into exotic alien creatures; the photographic effects making them into science-fiction birds of paradise, or he creates an illusion whereby the dancers seem possessed by superpowers, spinning at superhuman speed. The pictures even take on a religious aspect, as one dancer’s arms become angel wings. The dancers feature in Guest’s new book: What Lies Beneath.

2 Oihana Vesga Bujan photo by Rick Guest styling by Olivia Pomp

Elly Braund photo by Rick Guest styling by Olivia Pomp

The new work to be premiered, An Italian in Madrid, explores how cultures and artforms absorb new influences and express them; a process that Rick Guest has clearly taken to heart in his photographs. Richard Alston is known for his instinctive musicality: ‘I had very specific ideas about how music and dance should co-operate… I want the thing you see to be what uplifts you.’

Nancy Nerantzi photo by Rick Guest styling by Olivia Pomp

RICHARD ALSTON COMPANY
An Italian in Madrid

Sadler’s Wells
Rosebery Avenue
London
EC1R 4TN
www.sadlerswells.com

Credits

  • Photography Rick Guest
  • Styling by Olivia Pomp