Kenneth Tharp steps down from the Place after nine years

Kenneth Tharp. Photo: Retts Wood Kenneth Tharp. Photo: Retts Wood
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Kenneth Tharp is to step down as chief executive of dance organisation the Place after nine years.

Following his departure, the Place will undergo a consultation process to determine a “future path” for the organisation.

Tharp, who trained as a dancer at the Place’s London Contemporary Dance School, will leave his role in November, but will remain affiliated with the company as a patron.

He will also return to the stage as a performer later this month in a revival of The Elders Project in Sweden.

He said it had been a “great privilege” to run the Place, which he went on to say had also helped shape him as an artist.

“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,” Tharp said.

Tharp enjoyed a career as a dancer before also moving into teaching, choreography and directing.

He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to dance.

The Place’s chairman, Thomas Lynch, thanked Tharp for his work and said the organisation would now take steps to determine how it would be run in the future.

“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,” he said.