AusDance 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Marilyn Rowe
The Australian Dance Awards committee have announced today that the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 will be presented to Marilyn Rowe OBE in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to dance.
After an outstanding career as an internationally acclaimed principal artist with The Australian Ballet, Marilyn has dedicated her life to The Australian Ballet School and its students. Marilyn has been instrumental in developing a world-class unique dance training institution that produces distinctly Australian dancers who have learned through a holistic educational program which balances technique, artistry, academic education and student care. She was the driving force behind the establishment of Marilyn Rowe House, a residence for the Australian Ballet School.
Marilyn has also created a phenomenal body of work as a brilliant performer. Equally outstanding in both classical and contemporary techniques, Marilyn had an acclaimed partnership with Kelvin Coe, with whom she won a silver medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow (1973). Marilyn inspired great choreographers to make famous and ground-breaking works, such as Gemini (Glen Tetley), The Merry Widow (Ronald Hynd) and Anna Karenina (André Prokovsky).
A multi-award winning performer, artist, director and teacher, Marilyn’s legacy to dance, dance education and to Australian arts and culture is far reaching and will be long-lasting. Her contribution has been acknowledged with her appointment as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1979 for her services to ballet in Australia, and now with this Australian Dance Award for Lifetime Achievement.”
This Lifetime Achievement Award is supported by renowned dance supplier Gaynor Minden. Australian representative Paquita Farmer said “The Award could not have gone to a better person than Marilyn Rowe for her magnificent artistry and her work with The Australian Ballet”.