26 Jan: Richard Alston Dance Company, This Comedian and Walking The Tightrope
And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…
DANCE: Richard Alston Dance Company – Mixed Bill | Sadler’s Wells | 26-27 Ja
Choreographer Richard Alston’s always top-of-its-game dance co shows its scope and quality with this disparate four-part programme. First is ‘Rejoice In The Lamb’, which has Britten’s choral score sung live by the 24-voice , Montclair State University choir, and following that is Martin Lawrance’s lust-struck ‘Burning’ about the composer Liszt; new piece ‘Nomadic’, a mixture of gypsy and urban motifs by young dancer Ajani Johnson-Goffe; and finally ‘Madcap’, a picture of a ‘disturbing outsider’ on the fringes of a rock band, backed by a contemporary score by Julia Wolfe. Details details and tickets here.
THEATRE/COMEDY: This Comedian | Duchess Theatre | 26 Jan (pictured)
A show by comedians, for comedians (and everyone else); ‘This Comedian’ features sets by the high-flying likes of Katherine Ryan (pictured), James Acaster, Sara Pascoe and Robin Ince, who’ll each give a glimpse of what it’s really like to do stand-up for a living. It’s the live component to a multi-media project by photographer Idil Sukan, whose exhibition, also titled ‘This Comedian’, opens at the Embassy Tea Gallery on 20 Feb. Details and tickets here.
THEATRE: Walking The Tightrope | Theatre Delicatessen | 26-31 Jan
A body of “explosive” short five-minute plays by writers Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute, Caryl Churchill ,Hattie Naylor and others, ‘Walking The Tightrope’, as indicated in its caption (‘the tension between art and politics’), has been devised as a means of reacting to themes of censorship and boycotting in the arts. Certain works are inspired in part by events of last year, like the Tricycle Theatre’s altercation with the Jewish Film Festival, and the early cancellation of the Barbican’s controversial ‘Exhibit B’. Details and tickets here.