Trinity Laban celebrates with Sir Matthew Bourne

15 Nov 2017

L-R: Sir Matthew Bourne, Richard Gaddes and Professor Anthony Bowne. Image by Laura Massa/ Michael Priest Photography

Trinity Laban has held a TL in NYC reception in New York City, with alumnus and guest of honour Sir Matthew Bourne.

The TL in NYC reception celebrated Trinity Laban’s increasing presence and importance in the USA, and was attended by key institutional partners, influential members of the artistic community, and also some of the many alumni who are building successful careers across the pond.

At the reception, Sir Matthew presented an Honorary Fellowship to fellow Trinity Laban alumnus Richard Gaddes, who during his 50-year career made a huge contribution to the field of opera both in the USA and beyond.

Both Richard Gaddes and Sir Matthew Bourne talked about how their time at Trinity Laban had set them on the path to career success.

Sir Matthew said:

“Having limited experience as a dancer before studying at the Laban Centre – now Trinity Laban – I was thrilled to be accepted onto a course there, and even more excited to be accepted onto Transitions Dance Company, as I previously had not seen myself as someone who could dance professionally. The experience I had touring with Transitions Dance Company (Trinity Laban’s Postgraduate Company) led directly to me setting up my own company. I never would have dreamed the career I have today was possible – and it’s thanks to my experience and training at what’s now Trinity Laban.”

After the reception, many of those present attended a performance of Sir Matthew’s ballet The Red Shoes at the New York City Center.

Professor Anthony Bowne, Professor of Trinity Laban, commented:

“I am delighted to be celebrating Trinity Laban’s increasing presence in the USA. Each year we expand our programme of international auditions, and this month we holding auditions in San Francisco for the first time, in addition to our annual visit to New York. Our students come to us from over 60 countries around the world, and as graduates, travel the globe – as Richard Gaddes and Sir Matthew Bourne demonstrate. We are a truly global community, we cherish our international relationships, and I look forward to enhancing that still further in the coming years.”