The British choreographer Richard Alston, and his company, Richard Alston Dance Company, in their Peak Performances debut brought Roughcut (1990), Unfinished Business (2011) and the American premiere of A Ceremony of Carols (2012). Roughoutwas a playful work for the 10 dancers, exploring shapes, balance and counter-balance, and moving in and out of various groupings, while Unfinished Business showcased many of the dancers individually. Elly Braund and James Pett’s delivery of the “Andante” duet was especially breath-taking. Most assuredly, there is nothing more wonderful than live music to accompany dance. Alston offered just that in A Ceremony of Carols, which was the highlight of the evening. The dancers were joined on stage by a full choir (Prima Voce), Choral Director (Heather J. Buchanan), and Harpist (Andre Tarantiles). A lovely evening of a great deal of unison dancing.
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