Richard Alston Dance Company, Norwich

Contemporary dance is never as popular – possibly because it is less accessible – as more traditional ballet in Norwich but the audience was certainly enthusiastic.

This former artistic director with Ballet Rambert brings his 12-strong company to the Theatre Royal again with a diverse triple bill. Contemporary dance is never as popular – possibly because it is less accessible – as more traditional ballet in Norwich but the audience was certainly enthusiastic. All three pieces were serious, passionate and thought-provoking, which must indicate that Alston is doing his job well.

The first ensemble piece, Stampede, is set to medieval Italian dances that are very Moorish in places. The dancers interpret these sounds with precise movements, sometimes flowing, sometimes bold.

The second piece, A Sudden Exit, is a tour de force for Martin Lawrance, who beautifully uses Brahms' Opus 119 to explore that sense of immediate departure that happens at certain times in life.

The final piece, Touch and Go, was perhaps the most readily pleasing, capturing the sexiness of the tango as the dancers unleash just a little of their power.

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