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Seminal dance book features TL alumni

Thu 14 January 2021

Co-edited by a Faculty of Dance member and an alum, the third edition of Fifty Contemporary Choreographers includes several members of the Trinity Laban community.

Part of the Key Guides series, the book is described by Routledge as “a unique and authoritative guide to the lives and work of prominent living contemporary choreographers”.

Published last month, this latest edition foregrounds prominent artists working in a wide variety of contemporary styles and genres, many of them not yet widely documented, to illustrate the breadth of creativity and approach in the twenty-first century.

Those featured in Fifty Contemporary Choreographers include:

  • American dancer and choreographer William Forsythe, who was awarded a Trinity Laban Honorary Fellowship in 2001.
  • Rosemary Lee, who graduated from Trinity Laban in 1981 with a BA in Contemporary Dance, is known for creating large-scale, site-specific pieces with intergenerational casts, broadcast films and interactive video installations.
  • Liv Lorent MBE, a 1993 BA (Hons) Dance graduate, best known for establishing balletLORENT.
  • TL Visiting Professor of Choreography Wayne McGregor CBE, the multi-award-winning British choreographer, director and Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor.
  • Choreographer and visual artist Maresa von Stockert, who graduated from Trinity Laban in 1995 with a BA (Hons) Dance Theatre, and whose work SEASAW is the cover image for the publication.

Described by Constance Kreemer, President of the Mel Wong Dance Foundation, as a “must read for all those interested in contemporary dance”, the guide is co-edited by Trinity Laban’s Professional Development Manager for Dance, Dr Lorna Sanders and Trinity Laban alum Jo Butterworth.

On her experience of editing the book, Lorna, who leads the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning at TL, comments –

“The range of dance work I read about from around the globe and the connections of many of the choreographers to Trinity Laban, was an inspiration during these crazy times.”