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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notation, papers and videos of Els Grelinger, eminent dance notator who worked with Balanchine and Ashton amongst others, c1950-1990.
Videos and administrative and personal papers of Stuart Hopps, dancer, film, opera and theatre choreographer and movement lecturer, c1975-1988.
Original drawings, photographs and letters belonging to Beatrice Mazzoni Loeb, including drawings by Fritz Kramer, artist, c1970-1992.
Photographs and scripts from the former director and executive producer of dance programmes at the BBC, c1970-1995.
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.
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.
Copies of photographs, articles and note books for the period 1942-1966 from a Laban-influenced dance lecturer.
Correspondence, programmes, articles and notes of Shirley Wimmer, dancer, choreographer, scholar, administrator, director of dance institutions, c1946-1987.
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.