News: Marion North awarded CBE

Monday 14 June 2004

Dr Marion North, former Principal and Chief Executive of Laban, has been honoured with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her services to dance. Widely respected and saluted as a dance visionary, Marion’s work has shaped the landscape of contemporary dance training throughout the UK but particularly at Laban where she held the position of Principal and Chief Executive from 1973 – 2003.

Anthony Bowne, Laban’s new Director said: “Marion’s contribution to contemporary dance cannot be quantified. Her legacy is not only our new building but all the dance students who have trained at Laban, myself included, and who are now at the forefront of contemporary dance practice in this country and in countries throughout the world. All the staff and students at Laban are delighted Marion has received this well-deserved honour.”

As a result of Marion’s leadership, creativity and ambition, Laban is one of the UK’s leading conservatoires for contemporary dance artist training with a world-leading faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Her achievements at Laban included the establishment of the UK’s first BA (Hons) Dance Theatre degree in 1976 and first MA Dance Studies and research degrees (MPhil and PhD) in 1980. More recently Laban fundraised for and built one of the largest and best-equipped spaces for contemporary dance. The building opened in February 2003 and won the RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture in October 2003.

The CBE, announced on Saturday 12 June, is the latest addition to a list of awards and honours including: an OBE (2000), Honorary Doctorate from The University of Salford (2001) and an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity College of Music (2003). Marion remains an Honorary Life President and Member of the Board of Laban.

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