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Richard Alston at the Design Museum Ball

Posted on September 21, 2012

shimmer jonathan goddard ino riga photo chris nash

shimmer-jonathan-goddard-ino-riga-photo-chris-nashThe Design Museum Ball, held by London Design Festival 2012, will feature a one-off performance by Richard Alston Dance Company. Alston’s dancers, dressed in glittering, crystal-encrusted costumes created for them by fashion designer Julien Macdonald, will perform a series of specially-created dance moments in spaces around the Design Museum.

The event is conceived as a “loose promenade show”. The audience is invited to explore the current exhibition, “Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum”, and discover dance episodes scattered throughout the museum. Sculptural forms, digital projections and crystal-inspired visual effects create a dramatic backdrop for the dancing. Macdonald’s crystalline costumes were created for Alston’s 2004 dance Shimmer (pictured), which returns to the company’s repertory this autumn.

This year, the Design Museum Ball is inspired by Miss Havisham, the vengeful, jilted bride of Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. Those wearing a wedding dress will be rewarded with free entry to the ball.

The event runs from 6.30pm until 10pm on Friday, September 21 at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. Tickets cost £10 for adults, with concessions (as well as wedding-dress-related free entry) available. Tickets are available from 020 7490 8783 or by emailing


Picture: Jonathan Goddard and Ino Riga in Shimmer. Photograph: Chris Nash

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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