Choice: Dance

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Richard Alston Dance Company, South Bank Centre, London SE1 (0171- 960 4242) 7.45pm

Quite apart from their own estimable writing, the painful love affair between the poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud has provided fertile ground for other artists. Total Eclipse, Christopher Hampton's early drama about the two late-19th-century artists is the play he holds closest to his heart. Benjamin Britten's setting of Rimbaud's Les Illuminations (one of the few song-cycles Britten didn't write for his partner, Peter Pears) provided the basis for a ballet by Frederick Ashton, and Richard Alston's Rumours, Visions uses it once again to describe their affair. Alston's programme also includes his tribute to the elegant, buoyant music of baroque composer Rameau, which has caused some commentators to breathe the hallowed words "Mark Morris". The bill is completed by the UK premiere of Red Run, which comes complete with a live performance of the score by Heiner Goebbels. David Benedict

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