Richard Alston Dance Company
Terry Riley - Keyboard Study #1
Originally danced by a cast of
6 women 5 men
Filmed and edited by Richard Coleman at The Place.
Produced by The Place.
Overdrive is one of a whole series of pieces I have made responding to the excitement and energy of
pure rhythm, dances which ride swiftly along on a great tide of rhythmic pulse. The rhythms in Overdrive are indeed quite relentless, and the dancers need to count them exactly, leaping from one melodic fragment to another.
Guiding us through the music are three women in red. They first appear gliding seamlessly through the space providing a sort of punctuation through the maze of complex layers of music. The solo for Martin Lawrance uses rapid steps and weightier moments to accent phrases, something I love to do.
First performed by the Richard Alston Dance Company on 3 October 2003.