Richard Alston Dance Co. - A Ceremony of Carols

Event Details
  Richard Alston Dance Co. - A Ceremony of Carols
  December 13, 2012 7:30 PM
  December 13, 2012
  Alexander Kasser Theater Premiere - A Peak Commission
Richard Alston, Artistic Director

American Premiere of A Ceremony of Carols,
with Roughcut and Unfinished Business

December 13 and 14 • 7:30 p.m.
December 15 • 8:00 p.m.
December 16 • 3:00 p.m.

Alexander Kasser Theater
Every seat: $15*

A Ceremony of Carols
Richard Alston, choreography
Benjamin Britten, music
Heather J. Buchanan, Choral Director
André Tarantiles, Harp

Richard Alston, Choreography
Steve Reich, music

Unfinished Business
Richard Alston, Choreography
Jason Ridgway, piano

The holidays are a time of motion and music. Fittingly, music has played a vital part in the identity of the Richard Alston Dance Company since its inception. Described as one of Britain’s most musical choreographers, Alston has used works by a diverse range of composers to explore how choreography can animate the spirit of music. Featured in this program will be the American premiere of Alston’s most recent work, A Ceremony of Carols, choreographed to Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece for voice and harp. The music will be sung live by an all-female choir conducted by Montclair State’s Heather J. Buchanan, accompanied by harpist André Tarantiles. Also included will be Alston’s Roughcut and Unfinished Business, set to the music of Steve Reich and Mozart, respectively.

“A choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music” -The Times of London

A Ceremony of Carols was co-commissioned by The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; Sadler’s Wells and Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ). Supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

*Undergraduate students at MSU receive one ticket at no additional charge to every event through the Performing Arts Fee. Tickets may be reserved at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, with a valid student I.D.