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Stephanie Wragg

11-03-01, 05:16 PM (GMT)
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"Comment: Richard Alston Dance Company, Oxford Playhouse"
   The RADC have just appeared at the Oxford Playhouse in Oxford. The two evenings (March 9th and 10th) consisted of Fever, Sudden Exit and Roughcut.

I am wondering if anyone else has seen this company perform during their current Spring tour. I was looking forward to seeing this group for the first time, given some feedback by friends and reading reviews, but came away very disappointed with what I saw.

The first piece entitled 'Fever' displayed no such symptoms, 'Sudden Exit' showed none and 'Roughcut', well, I am not sure but I wish I had seen it danced by Rambert, for whom it was created.

I found the choreography repetitive and felt I was watching the same thing to three different scores...The dancers are all quite new to the company and perhaps have not absorbed the choreography yet. I felt I was watching a class, no emotion or the occasional smile, no particular interpretation of the steps, very empty.

Am I missing something here? I would appreciate hearing what others think.

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