Choreographer: Ajani Johnson-Goffe, Richard Alston,Martin Lawrance
Venue: The Waterfront Stage
Reviewer: Nicole Evans
After recruiting for volunteers for their Public Class shortly before their performances, The Richard Alston Dance Company, presented by Sadler’s Wells, return to The Waterfront Stage to present extracts of some of their own work.
First up is Stronghold II, an intense 15 minutes of water-tight urban unity with seemingly feather-light lifts and leaps performed to an edgy, turbulent score with little rhythm to assist the perfected synchronicity.
Second up is Nomadic, a stunning infuse of contemporary ballet and hip-hop style choreography demonstrating everything that modern dance should be. More fierce attitude follows and The Richard Alston Dance Company further prove their worthiness of the prime slot of the Sadler’s Wells’ bill.
With lakeside temperatures reaching 25°c in the mid-afternoon sun, the heat becomes all too much for one member of the company who is forced to leave the stage mid-scene, the dancers remain complete unfazed and professional though and, after a short break for a stage clean, they all see the performance through.
Even with the pauses aside, this is musically, technically and physically one of the most staggering pieces of contemporary dance this reviewer has ever seen.
Image: Chris Nash