Company History

Since its founding in 1994, Richard Alston Dance Company has become an avidly followed contemporary dance company, performing the work of its Artistic Director Richard Alston and Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance.

Richard Alston Dance Company’s outstanding reputation on the British dance scene is now increasingly being matched overseas particularly in the US. In May 2004 the Company made its US debut with a week-long season at New York’s Joyce Theater. The Company returned to the US in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Richard Alston Dance Company continues to perform regularly in the US, at New York City Center as part of Fall For Dance Festival in 2011, 2013 and 2016, Peak Performances at Montclair State University, New Jersey in 2012, 2014 and 2017 and the Virginia Arts Festival in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Most recently, the Company returned to Virginia Arts Festival in Spring 2019 and is looking forward to returning to Peak Performances in Montclair in Spring 2020.

Other overseas tours have included China, South East Asia, Holland, Greece and Russia where the Company represented Britain at Moscow’s first International Festival of Contemporary Dance in 1999. The Company performed as part of the Schrittmacher Festival in Aachen, Germany in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and at Stadthalle Neuss in March 2017. In 2018 the Company performed at Open Stage Festival in Poland and DAP Festival in Italy.

In March 2020 Richard Alston Dance Company will cease activity in line with new priorities for touring, agreed between The Place and Arts Council England.