Key events

1948

Born in Stoughton, Sussex and later educated at Eton
 

1965

Studies Fine Arts and Theatre Design at Croydon College of Art
 

1967

Joins London Contemporary Dance School in the first student cohort
 

1968 

Creates first work Transit with a cast including Siobhan Davies
 

1972

Forms Strider, the first independent dance group to be officially recognised by funding bodies in Britain
 

1973

Strider visits Dartington College of Arts where he meets Mary Fulkerson and is introduced to contact and release techniques
 

1975

Strider ceases performing and Alston moves to New York to study with Merce Cunningham
 

1977

Returns to London and begins to teach Cunningham Technique
 

1978

Richard Alston and Dancers is formed
 

1980 

Choreographs first work for Ballet Rambert, Bell High. In the same year he is invited to become Resident Choreographer for the company
 

1982

Second Stride is formed with Ian Spink and Siobhan Davies
 

1986

Becomes Artistic Director of Ballet Rambert
 

1987

Ballet Rambert becomes Rambert Dance Company to reflect the change in the Company's style
 

1992

Made an Honorary Doctor of Music at Surrey University
Parts with Rambert Dance Company
 

1993

Creates work for a range of companies including Shobhana Jeyasingh and London Contemporary Dance Theatre
 

1994 

Becomes Artistic Director of the Contemporary Dance Trust, The Place
Forms Richard Alston Dance Company
 

1995

Named a Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his work as a teacher and choreographer in France.
 

1998

Celebrates 50th birthday and 30 years of choreography with a gala evening at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
 

2001

Awarded CBE in the New Years Honours list
 

2003

Receives honorary MA from University College Chichester
Richard Alston Dance Company performs at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to celebrate 25 years of the Dance Umbrella festival
 

2004

Debuts in New York at the Joyce Theatre, celebrating Richard Alston Dance Company’s 10th year
 

2006

Richard Alston Dance Company completes their first U.S. tour
 

2008

Commissioned by Dance Umbrella and Sadler’s Wells to create a special programme to mark his 60th birthday and 40 years of choreography
 

2009

Awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards
Announced as the new Chair of Youth Dance England
 

2011

Presents a retrospective of work at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre as part of Dance Umbrella alongside pieces created by new choreographers based on Wildlife (1984)