Described by the Times as a “choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music”, Richard Alston brings his acclaimed company back to Oxford’s Playhouse with a stunning mixed bill.  Alston’s superbly skilled choreography combines three pieces of music by Benjamin Britten and three very different poets.  Rejoice in the Lamb is danced to Britten’s joyous setting of the fervent words of Christopher Smart. Hölderlin Fragments is inspired by Friedrich Hölderlin’s enigmatic lyrics, and Illuminations paints a vivid picture of the wild young genius and misfit Arthur Rimbaud.

In addition to the trio of Britten pieces, the bill is completed by Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance’s latest piece, Burning, which is as passionate and turbulent as its music, the Dante Sonata of Franz Liszt, played live on stage.

“It’s possibly one of the most gorgeous pieces he’s made…” **** Guardian

“It’s quite the tour de force, driven by intense yet precise performances.” **** Evening Standard on Burning

Performances:  Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th May, 7.30pm

Venue:  Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW

Tickets:  £11-£22

Book here, or call 01865 305305

Running Order:

Rejoice in the Lamb, Hölderlin Fragments

Interval (20 mins)


Interval (20 mins)


Pre show talk

Tue at 6.30pm in the Top Room. FREE to ticket holders but please book your place via the Ticket Office. Unfortunately the Top Room is not accessible for wheelchair users.


Richard Alston

Before be began training in dance, where did Richard Alston go to school?

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