Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, is internationally recognized as one of the most stimulating and influential dance choreographers, known for his instinctive musicality. Born in Sussex in 1948, he was one of the first students of the London Contemporary Dance School in 1968, under the guidance of Robert Cohan and Robin Howard. He studied with Merce Cunningham in New York and then worked in Europe and the United Kingdom. Resident choreographer with Ballet Rambert, he was Artistic Director from 1986 to 1992 and choreographed 25 works. Choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet Atlantique La Rochelle France, and The Barbican, Ballet Theater of Monaco, and Ballet Black. He is an honorary doctor in Philosophy of Dance at Surrey University. He made his debut as a choreographer in New York, with great success, at the Joyce Theater in the spring of 2004.
In 2008, on the occasion of Richard’s 60th birthday and 40 years of choreography, he was commissioned by Dance Umbrella and Sadler’s Wells to create a special program that was performed at Wells. In 2009, he choreographed Carmen for the critically acclaimed Scottish Ballet and was appointed Chairman of Youth Dance England in 2010. His company is one of the most famous in England.