Richard Alston (published 1987)


Alston describes his influences and creative process when choreographing The Rite of Spring (1981), Night Music (1981), and Pulcinella (1987), which he was in the process of creating at the time of this interview.

Biographical note:

Richard Alston was born in 1948 in Sussex, England. He is a teacher, performer, and choreographer known for his instinctive musicality. He trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance (based at The Place) and at New York's Merce Cunningham Dance Studio. Over the course of his expansive career, Alston has choreographed works for numerous companies, founded the UK's first independent dance company, Strider, in 1972, and served as the Artistic Director for Rambert Dance Company from 1986 to 1992. In 1994, he was appointed Artistic Director of The Place where he founded the Richard Alston Dance Company. He has also created works for the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Ballet. In 1995 he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his work in France and in January 2001 he was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).






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