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Trinity Laban awards Honorary Fellowships to cultural heavyweights

Tue 13 December 2016

Theatre and dance legends were presented with the highest honour from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance during ceremonies for 2016 graduating students.

An Honorary Fellowship was presented to co-founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), Rosemary Squire OBE on Wednesday 07 December, whilst dance artists and choreographers Michael Clark and Rosemary Lee received their award on Friday 09 December.

Rosemary Squire OBE is one of the most prominent women in British theatre of the modern era. Co-founding ATG in 1992, it has gone onto become the world’s number one live-theatre company with 46 venues in Britain, the US and Australia and is one of the world’s most prolific theatre producers.

In collecting her award, Rosemary Squire commented –

“I am honoured to receive this award from Trinity Laban. The UK is renowned for the vigour of its creative industries – but their future depends on the skill and entrepreneurialism of graduates entering the business. I am proud to be in such distinguished company today and to be associated with an institution that is developing the talent that is so vital to our industry.”

Hailed as “British dance’s true iconoclast”, Michael Clark is a defining cultural figure. Since emerging in the 1980s as a prodigy at London’s Royal Ballet School and founding his own company in 1984, he has remained at the forefront of innovation in dance, winning rave reviews and countless awards.

On receiving his award, Michael Clark commented –

“I am delighted to be receiving this Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban who continue to do so much to enrich our understanding of what dance IS, and what dance CAN BE.”

Trinity Laban alumnus Rosemary Lee is a performer, choreographer, director, and film-maker. From her first works in the 80’s to today, she continues to quietly push boundaries and assumptions through working in a wide range of contexts and media to reach new audiences and inspire many young dance makers and artists.

On receiving her award, Rosemary Lee commented –

“I am thrilled and humbled to receive this Honorary Fellowship. It is particularly special to me because this is where I studied and began to imagine a path for myself as a dancer and maker that might follow a less conventional route.  I couldn’t have done that without the education and the inspiration of the teachers and guest artists I met here.”