In 1992, Alston was invited to create a full evening of his own work, including Boulez’s Le Marteau Sans Maitre, for the Ballet Atlantique in France. He made another full evening for
London Contemporary Dance Theatre at the 1994 Aldeburgh Festival going on to form his own company when he became Artistic Director of The Place in 1994.
Richard Alston Dance Company started in the autumn of that year, and over the past 24 years Alston has made over 45 dances for the Company alongside numerous other significant commissions.
Alston was made Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (1995) and received the CBE in the New Year Honours list (2001). He has also received the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (2008) and was presented with the Award for Excellence in International Dance by the International Theatre Institute (2012).
He was Chair of Youth Dance England, a position he held from 2009 until March 2016 when he became U.Dance Champion, and is a Trustee of the Dance Professionals Fund.