Submitted by Rosie.Neave@the... on Thu, 2016-09-08 10:09

Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp OBE to stand down as Chief Executive of The Place

After nine years as Chief Executive of The Place, Kenneth Tharp has announced that he will be leaving the organisation at the end of November 2016.

Commenting on his planned departure Kenneth said:

"It has been a great privilege to serve the organisation that helped to shape me as an artist and to work alongside so many deeply committed and talented colleagues. For nearly 50 years, The Place has played an unrivalled role in nurturing and supporting artistic talent and bringing inspirational and adventurous dance to audiences. I have no doubt that the next 50 years of The Place will be as rich and as bold as the last 50."

"Much as I love The Place and hold it dear to my heart, I have agreed with the Board of Governors that after nine years, now is the right time for me to begin the next part of my career and for the organisation to set course for the future under new leadership. As John Ashford said in 2009, when he stood down as Director of Theatre and Artist Development after 23 years: "You never really leave The Place, you merely redefine your relationship with it". I look forward to a new relationship with the organisation and am very honoured that the Board of Governors has invited me to become a Patron when I leave. This will allow me to maintain a strong relationship with The Place and to continue supporting and championing its work.”

The Place’s Chairman, Thomas Lynch added:

“Kenneth has been a great ambassador for The Place and has worked tirelessly to widen dance’s horizon. I’d like to extend my thanks for all his hard work and commitment and I wish him all the very best in whatever he does next. The Place will now undertake a process of consultation to clearly define its future path and once that is completed, we will look both nationally and internationally for the person with the necessary attributes to lead the organisation on that course.”

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Notes to editors:

A former student at The Place's London Contemporary Dance School, Kenneth Tharp went on to dance with the internationally acclaimed London Contemporary Dance Theatre, headed by Robert Cohan CBE, founding artistic director of The Place. He remained with LCDT for 13 years, until its closure in 1994, before pursuing a freelance career as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to dance. Kenneth returned to The Place in Sept 2007 in the newly appointed role of Chief Executive.

For more information please contact:

Rosie Neave, Director of Communications, The Place rosie.neave@theplace.org.uk | 020 7121 1021 | 07956 858996