The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund awards ceremony, now known as The Bonnies, took place at Sadler’s Wells on Thursday 3 December with Trinity Laban alumnus Matthew Bourne OBE invited as a special guest.
Trinity Laban alumnus Nicola Conibere was presented with the prestigious Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, a biennial £10,000 prize which allows recipients to pursue groundbreaking choreographic research with the guidance of other professionals within the industry. Conibere completed her PhD in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban earlier in 2015.
In addition Rosemary Butcher – recently made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban – was given the Lifetime Contribution to Choreography Award, the first award of its kind in the history of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund.
The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund is an organisation which supports the development of new choreography and recognises outstanding talent within the field. The fund pays homage to Bonnie Bird, one of the most influential figures in modern dance, who helped to establish Britain’s first dance degree courses at the Laban Dance Centre, now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. For more information see www.bonniebird.org.
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Photo: Bonnie Bird in her solo The Judgement, Cornish School, 1938 (Bonnie Bird Collection, Laban Archive)