A celebration to mark the contribution to dance of Marion North
CBE will be held at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music
and Dance, Laban Building, Creekside, Deptford, London SE8
3DZ on Wednesday 28 November 2012,
6.00pm-9pm. All are welcome to attend.
Marion, former Principal and Chief Executive of Laban from
1973-2003, passed away on 4 May 2012 after a brief spell in
Professor Anthony Bowne, who became Principal and Chief
Executive of Laban on Marion's retirement and is current Principal
of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, paid tribute to
this visionary woman, who worked directly with Rudolf Laban:
"Marion's vision, persuasiveness and sheer determination have
made an enormous contribution to developing the profile of
contemporary dance education and training in this country. Her
belief that creative work should be at the heart of every dance
student's experience continues to be a guiding principle in the
development of all our dance courses and activities, and her
conviction that Rudolf Laban's work should form a significant
dimension of studies here has secured us a unique place in the
"Marion leaves us with a wonderful legacy, including our
stunning dance building - her ultimate vision realised. We are now
the guardians of this legacy, charged with responsibility to look
always for innovative ways forward and creative solutions to the
challenges facing us.
"Despite her more fragile health in recent years, Marion's
tenacity and resilience won through and she remained connected with
all our activities here. As recently as March, Marion joined us at
London's South Bank for our contribution to the Cultural Olympiad,
a showcase of work developed in response to Heiner Goebbels'
Surrogate Cities, enjoying both the performance by our
Undergraduate Dance Students and then by our Symphony Orchestra in
the Royal Festival Hall. Her absence will be an enormous loss."
The celebration will be held at the Laban Building, Creekside,
Deptford, London SE8 3DZ on Wednesday 28 November, from 6-9pm. All
are welcome to attend.