Els Grelinger, eminent dance notator (1923-2015)

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Els Grelinger in June this year. A Laban-trained emigree, Grelinger became the first student of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City in the 1940s. She notated ballets for George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Doris Humphrey and Hanya Holm amongst others, and assisted both Humphrey and Holm in re-staging choreographic works. She taught at many universities in the US and worked for the Arts Council of the State of New York. She also taught notation studies at the Laban Centre in the 1980s. This photograph shows her teaching students in 1984 at the Laban Centre, Laurie Grove, now the Faculty of Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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We have a small Els Grelinger Collection in the Laban Archive consisting of her teaching notes and resources whilst she was at the Laban Centre, along with some photographs and videos of works she notated. And if you would like to find out more about Labanotation, we have many books of notation scores and learning aides in the Laban Library and Archive – come and have a browse.

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Southern Mississippi comes to the Laban Archive!

We had a visit from dance students and their tutor, Stacy Reischman Fletcher, from the University of Southern Mississippi this week. They were visiting the UK as part of their British Studies in Dance programme where they attend performances, take classes, see art and theatre, and tour dance institutions. They had a tour of the building with Mirella Bartrip, Director of DanceĀ  at Trinity Laban and then had a talk from the Archivist about the Laban Core Collections held in the Laban Library and Archive. Here they are with some of the archive items.

Visit from US

We thoroughly enjoyed having them and hope they come back soon!

(Apologies for the poor quality of the photograph)