Richard Alston Dance Company review – Scarlatti's story cast in astounding light

Sadler’s Wells, London
Alston spins a hybrid of kathak and classical dance styles from the composer’s sonatas – wringing out a deep, intimate engagement with his fierce rhythms

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Richard Alston’s new work is ostensibly a story about music, about the journey that took Domenico Scarlatti from his Neapolitan home to the courts of Portugal and Spain and exposed his still modest baroque talent to the free, fierce and vivid rhythms of Gypsy music. Ten of the resulting sonatas, bright and clamorous, accompany An Italian in Madrid. Yet Alston also uses Scarlatti’s music to tell a story of his own, casting the kathak dancer Vidya Patel among his 10 contemporary dancers and creating a new hybrid dance out of their very different styles.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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