Former Trinity Laban President awarded posthumous Fellowship

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Dr Marion North CBE, former President of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and former Principal of the Laban Centre 1973-2003, was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Fellowship was accepted by Mirella Bartrip, Director of Dance at Trinity Laban, at Goldsmiths' Presentation Ceremony on 12 September.

Mirella said: "I thank the Council and the Warden of the College for this posthumous award, received in recognition of Marion's pioneering achievements for contemporary dance education and training in this country.

"If Marion were speaking to you today, she would say to the new graduates: 'seek out opportunities, look always for innovative ways forward and creative solutions to the challenges facing you. The world is for you to take forward - take a chance, be bold.'

"Marion championed young people, and in accepting this Honorary Fellowship of Goldsmiths today, I know she would consider this the highest of honours, endorsing what was closest to her heart - excellence in the education and training of dance artists and scholars."

Goldsmiths, with delegated authority from the University of London, was the body responsible for the Laban Centre through the 1970s until the mid-1980s. For some time, Dr North retained her role as Head of the Dance Department at Goldsmiths concurrent with her new role as Principal of the Art of Movement Studio, which under her leadership was to become the Laban Centre.

In these early years, Goldsmiths was key in enabling Dr North to establish degree level studies in contemporary dance: she had as a clear point of reference the larger, well developed structure of an institution with a significant profile in the arts and humanities. After the Laban Centre's separation from Goldsmiths, Marion remained in contact with several long standing colleagues whose opinions and ideas she valued.

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