Richard Alston Dance Company goes into Overdrive

Richard Alston Dance
Richard Alston Dance. Photo by Chris Nash.

This autumn the Richard Alston Dance Company goes into Overdrive for its UK tour.

The company, which is recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographer-led groups in the UK, has a rich repertoire of contemporary dance.

This autumn Alston is reviving his classic Overdrive, a blast of nonstop dance to the pulsating rhythms of Californian minimalist Terry Riley.

Overdrive is one of 12 prescribed professional works for GCSE Dance on the AQA syllabus and the company has produced a teacher’s resource pack to accompany the work which can be downloaded at

The tour opens on September 26 with the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s latest choreography.

The new dance is inspired by the music of Franz Liszt, which will be played live by pianist Jason Ridgway.

Lawrance is rapidly becoming known for his inventive choreography, including two commissions – Run For It and Dark Full Ride – for Scottish Ballet (and also last season’s successful Madcap for Richard Alston).

Alongside Overdrive, the programme is completed by Alston’s most recent work Rejoice in the Lamb.

Tour dates:

Sept 26, Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Sept 30-Oct 1, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Oct 7-8, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Oct 14-15, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
Oct 22, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Oct 30- Nov 2, Montclair State University, New Jersey (US)
Nov 11, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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