Brendan Keaney


6 December, 2016

The Trustees and Advisors of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund announce the retirement of Maggie Morris as Chair of the Fund. They would like to thank Maggie for having been the most fantastic, dedicated, diligent and inspiring Chair for the last six years. This has been her second time as Chair of the fund and Maggie has worked tirelessly to lead the fund, upholding our overarching aims to support and promote the investigation and development of choreography, primarily through choreographic and mentoring awards.

Maggie has been the face of the Fund in many different contexts. We are sad to see her retire from her role, but delighted she has agreed to remain as a Trustee and that BBCF will continue to benefit from her ambition for the fund, passion and knowledge.

The Fund is delighted to announce Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and CEO of DanceEast as Chair from October 2016. Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas with both UK and international perspectives. As a champion and supporter of dance artists throughout his career and a past advisor to the fund Brendan is excellently placed to be Chair.

Maggie Morris said: "I feel honoured and privileged to have been a part of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund over the past years and to have worked with such a dedicated group of trustees and advisors. I am also thrilled that Brendon Keaney has agreed to become the next Chair of the Fund".

Brendan Keaney said: "I was lucky enough to be part of the generation that knew Bonnie. So it feels an enormous privilege to chair a fund that not simply carries her name but is truly part of her legacy. Bonnie's ability to nurture creative talent was extraordinary and although the fund is relatively modest it remains faithful to her big ambitions for dance artists. Maggie Morris has been an amazing Chairperson so I have big shoes to fill. She has kindly agreed to remain a Trustee and I know I will have great support from her and indeed all of the Trust's Board and its advisors. There is a lot to live up to but much to look forward to and I am delighted to be the custodian of this much-loved dance resource."