The Place Appoints New Artistic Director

Eddie Nixon - Artistic Director The Place (photo by Hugo Glendinning)

The Place, the UK’s leading organisation for dance training, creation and performance, is proud to announce the appointment of Eddie Nixon as the new Artistic Director.

Formerly Associate Director and later Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place, Eddie is an instrumental figure in the UK dance industry and takes over as Artistic Director from Richard Alston.

In 2019 – 2020, The Place will celebrate 50 years of creativity at the cutting edge of contemporary dance. A pioneering powerhouse for dance development, The Place with London Contemporary Dance School at its heart, is an unrivalled proving ground for the next generation of independent contemporary dancers and dance makers.

As we enter an exciting next era for The Place, Eddie’s new role will bring a holistic approach to artistic commissions, projects and collaborations across the breadth of the organisation.

Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director of The Place says
“My vision as an artistic leader is to empower creativity in the way we teach, train, support, nurture and cultivate the artists of the future. As one entity, we will stimulate a powerful and creative interchange amongst our classrooms, artists and the communities we serve. I will be working with a brilliant team of people and my job is to galvanise the energy that is in and around the organisation and use that strength to achieve really great things.”

Clare Connor, Chief Executive of The Place says about the appointment,
“Eddie has positioned The Place nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence and a driving force in contemporary dance. Building on this important network, he will be the central figure in an unprecedented collaborative model designed to release the potential and power of London Contemporary Dance School with the dynamism and possibilities of the Theatre and Artist Development programmes. I am excited to work with Eddie to make the decisions that will shape the future of dance for the next 50 years.”