Dr Marion North CBE, former Principal and Chief Executive of Laban and President of Trinity Laban, passes away

Marion North CBE, former Principal and Chief Executive of Laban from 1973-2003, passed away yesterday after a brief spell in hospital.

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 dance profession.

"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."

Trinity Laban will arrange a celebration of Marion's life later in the year to enable all who wish to join us to honour her achievements.

For a full obituary please click here.

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Photo: Mark Whitfield

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