Individuals' Collections

Barbara Balmer Collection

Kurt Jooss programme, prints, newspaper cuttings and flyers from an artist and former dance student of Laban-based movement, c1940-1980.

Ernest Berk Collection

Articles, personal log books, programmes and radio script of a dancer, composer and choreographer who trained under Mary Wigman and was Professor at Guildhall School of Music, c1938-1984.

Bonnie Bird Collection

Instrumental in the evolution of Laban into the leading dance education and training school it is today, Bonnie Bird helped to establish the first dance degree course in higher education. The collection, covering the dates 1970-1989, comprises working files and notes, oral history tapes with transcripts, b/w photographs and a large scrapbook.

Annie Boalth Collection

Programmes, magazines and musical scores of Annie Boalth, a dance student of Laban's in Hamburg who went on to teach for the British Drama League and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, applying Laban theory and principles for amateur actors, c1950-1989.

Sylvia Bodmer Collection

A pupil of Laban - one of his solo dancers in Stuttgart and Hamburg in the early 1920s - Sylvia Bodmer is known as one of the most distinguished exponents of Dance and Movement. This collection comprises notebooks in both her and Laban's hand, containing drawings and notes, correspondence and photographs, as well as programmes and news sheets of the Manchester Dance Circle, c1920-1989.

Caryl Brahms Collection

Best known for her collaboration with Ned Sherrin on shows and musicals for the stage, radio and television, Caryl Brahms was also a noted ballet critic for the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph. The collection consists of b/w photographs of the Ballets Russes from the 1930s and 1940s.

Peter Brinson Collection

Working files, reports, press cuttings, personal papers, articles, conference papers of Peter Brinson, former Head of Postgraduate Studies at Laban; and a complete record of the activities of the touring company Ballet for All, which pioneered education about classical ballet to the community and which Brinson directed. This collection is of particular significance for researchers interested in community dance, dance education, minority groups' projects and arts policy, c1958-1994.

William Forsythe 'Loss' project resource materials

Photocopied papers, articles, notes, drawings, programmes, press releases and recordings of performance, rehearsals and interviews by William Forsythe and his dancers made during the creation of the choreographic work 'Loss of small detail', 1967-2008.

Els Grelinger Collection

Notation, papers and videos of Els Grelinger, eminent dance notator who worked with Balanchine and Ashton amongst others, c1950-1990.

Senta Hirtz Collection

Photographs and programmes of a Medau-trained dancer, c1928-1978.

Stuart Hopps Collection

Videos and administrative and personal papers of Stuart Hopps, dancer, film, opera and theatre choreographer and movement lecturer, c1975-1988.

Beatrice Loeb Collection

Original drawings, photographs and letters belonging to Beatrice Mazzoni Loeb, including drawings by Fritz Kramer, artist, c1970-1992.

Maureen Leon Collection

Photograph album, b/w loose photographs, Laban Art of Movement Guild leaflets and programmes, from a former dance student of Laban based movement, c1940-1995.

Bob Lockyer Collection

Photographs and scripts from the former director and executive producer of dance programmes at the BBC, c1970-1995.

Dorothy Madden Archive

Personal and administrative papers, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings and audiovisual materials of Dr Dorothy Madden, former Professor Emerita of the University of Maryland, USA, who was responsible for bringing American modern dance practice to the UK, c1930-2004.

Doreen Marsh Scrapbook Collection

Dance scrapbooks, c1940-1959.

Simone Michelle Collection

Archive material of a dancer, teacher, choreographer and one of the most influential figures in pioneering the Central European tradition of modern dance in British theatre education. 1927-1992.

Marion North Collection

Administrative files, correspondence and papers of Dr Marion North CBE, former Director of Laban, c1987-2003.

Kenneth Rinker Collection

Press cuttings, photographs and personal notes of Kenneth Rinker, dancer with Dorothy Madden and Twyla Tharp and founder of the Berlin Dance Ensemble, c1965.

Peter Williams Collection

A collection of c40,000 photographs, with programmes, company press books and miscellaneous papers documenting the running of the journal 'Dance and Dancers' for which Peter Williams was the editor, for the period 1950-1989.

Lorna Wilson Collection

Copies of photographs, articles and note books for the period 1942-1966 from a Laban-influenced dance lecturer.

Shirley Wimmer Collection

Correspondence, programmes, articles and notes of Shirley Wimmer, dancer, choreographer, scholar, administrator, director of dance institutions, c1946-1987.

Shirley Wynne Collection

Research notes and translations of historical dance texts by a renowned dance scholar.

These collections can be searched on the Laban Archive Catalogue available via the Libraries page.

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