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Eddie Nixon to replace Richard Alston as artistic director of the Place

Eddie Nixon, the new artistic director of the Place. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

London dance organisation the Place has appointed Eddie Nixon as its new artistic director.

He takes over from Richard Alston [1], who leaves the role this month after 24 years at the helm of the contemporary dance venue.

Nixon is a former associate director and more recently director of theatre and artist development at the Place. The venue said he would bring “a holistic approach to artistic commissions, projects and collaborations across the breadth of the organisation”.

The Place is home to the London Contemporary Dance School and the Richard Alston Dance Company. However, the latter company will close in 2020 [2].

Nixon said: “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 among our classrooms, artists and communities we serve.”