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Second Stride


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British modern dance company. It was formed in 1982 by choreographers Richard Alston, Ian Spink, and Siobhan Davies. Each had initially run their own company, Richard Alston and Dancers (1977–80), the Ian Spink Group (1978–81), and Siobhan Davies and Dancers (1981), and the combined ensemble was initially intended to last only one season (the name referred to Alston's first, seminal group Strider (1972–6). Its first programme included Alston's Doublework (1978, revived 1982), Davies's Plain Song (1981), and Spink's Canta (1981) and was so well received that the company continued. Alston withdrew after a second season, followed by Davies in 1986. From 1988 Second Stride moved towards multi-disciplinary work such as Heaven Ablaze in his Breast, a dance-opera based on Hoffmann's tale The Sandman with choreography by Spink, design by Antony McDonald, and music by composer Judith Weir (1990). The company was disbanded in 1997.

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