The Place London [United Kingdom]
For forty years, The Place has explored what dance can do: engaging with audiences and participants, championing the best ideas, and creating inspiring conditions for artists and enthusiasts to realise their potential. The Place combines London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Robin Howard Dance Theatre, together with pioneering learning, outreach, recreation and professional development projects. Our approaches to participation, education, creation and performance inform each other, respond to today’s world, and embrace risks. Our goals for the future build on the achievements of our history: to transform and enrich lives, to continue to create the future of dance.
The Place is the UK's premier centre for contemporary dance, uniting training, creation and performance in one unique building.
Working with dancers from age 5 upwards, The Place brings new talent into the dance profession and guides artists through their careers. The Place’s activities, unmatched in their quality and range, include London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Robin Howard Dance Theatre, together with pioneering education, outreach and professional development projects.
“Anyone wanting to see the full and surprising extent of modern dance’s popularity in Britain should look at The Place.” Alan Franks, The Times
The Place's two new dance studios, created by the funds raised from our Reaching for the Stars appeal, have been officially opened by our patron, HRH the Duke of York.
The Duke joined supporters of the appeal, contractors from the building project and students and staff of The Place for a reception in the new studios on Tuesday 6 May. This was followed by a performance from the full range of dance artists working at The Place: young dancers from our Centre for Advanced Training, students of London Contemporary Dance School and the professional dancers of Richard Alston Dance Company.
The two new, state-of-the-art studios on the top floor of The Place's Flaxman Terrace building will provide over 7,000 extra studio hours each year for our work.
The time will be split equally between:
- work with young people, especially those from the local community
- space for professional artists: particularly for choreographic development
- increased time for students to work on their own creative projects
The new studios will thus increase the diversity of dance taking place daily in the building.
The building project was completed on time and on budget by lead contractors Killby and Gayford and architects Allies and Morrison, and the new spaces are already in constant use. The Place now has a total of 11 superbly-appointed studios, in addition to its theatre and other facilities.
The Reaching for the Stars Appeal has to date raised nearly £1million towards the £1.3million target for this project, and fundraising work will continue. We are enormously grateful to everyone who has contributed their time, effort, ideas and money towards realising this ambitious project.
The Place Report 2007 comes out as The Place is entering a new era. In September 2007 Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp took up the new role of Chief Executive, returning to The Place, where he trained and made his name as one of the finest dancers of his generation with the legendary London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Together with the new Chair, Sir Tim Lankester, our governors and all our staff, Kenneth is leading our drive to greater future success.
2008 sees the opening of two new studios, completing the latest, £1.3 million development of our facilities, and providing over 7,000 extra studio hours each year to be used by young people, students and professional artists.
Our growth is made possible by vital financial support from a wide range of organisations and individuals. Continuing support from them and from others is key to our future success: to lead the development of contemporary dance as an artform which resonates and engages with today’s world.