News: Marion North, Principal & Chief Executive,

Monday 15 July 2002

Marion North to retire
Dr Marion North (OBE, PhD, Darts, DLit) has announced her intention to retire as Principal and Chief Executive of Laban Centre London in August 2003.

Marion North has held the position of Principal and Chief Executive since 1972 and since then the Centre has become one of Europe’s leading institutions for dance artist training with an unrivalled range of expertise and facilities. Widely respected and saluted as a dance visionary her achievements were honoured in 2000 when she received an OBE for services to dance and in 2001 when she was awarded Doctor of Letters honoris causa from The University of Salford.

As a direct result of Marion North’s leadership, creativity and ambition Laban Centre London will, later this year, move to a brand new state-of-the-art landmark building at Deptford Creekside. Designed by the Tate Modern architects Herzog & de Meuron, the Centre will house 13 dance studios, a 300-seat theatre, a library, dance health facilities and a public bar/café – thus confirming the Centre’s pivotal position on the national and international dance stage.

In a letter to staff Marion North wrote “When I first came to the Centre my original decision to stay for three years expanded to thirty and it has become so much a part of my life that it is difficult to envisage not being here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their support, loyalty and commitment. Laban is a leader and innovator in dance both in this country and overseas and long may it continue”.

Sir Walter Bodmer, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Laban Centre London paid his tribute: “Over the past three decades Marion North has been an inspiration to all the students and staff who have studied and worked at Laban Centre London. She has dedicated herself to the success of the Centre and the new building is a lasting testament to all that she has achieved”.

Marion North will remain as Principal and Chief Executive at Laban Centre London until August 2003, in the mean time the Board of Directors will instigate their succession strategy to find a new leader.

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