Trinity Laban serves as a performance laboratory where eminent artists, scientists and scholars choose to explore their practice by engaging with students in novel choreographic, compositional, performance and research processes and approaches.
FACULTY OF MUSIC
The Richard Carne Quartets in Residence programme offers residencies to two eminent string quartets. These posts are currently held by The Carducci String Quartet and The Wihan Quartet. Both quartets make regular visits to Trinity Laban to engage with students, performing in concerts as well as giving coaching and masterclasses.
Renowned singer Matthew Rose is the current Visiting Artist in Voice, a post generously funded by the Hearn foundation. Matthew is one of the foremost British operatic basses, performing regularly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, London's Covent Garden and the Glyndebourne Festival. Matthew engages in various initiatives which encourage student learning, such as mentoring nominated students.
French pianist Pascal Rogé is Trinity Laban's Distinguished Artist in Residence, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in masterclasses and offering some one-to-one tuition. Rogé first appeared in public in 1960 with a performance of Claude Debussy's Preludes. His recordings of the works of Debussy, Fauré, Ravel and Poulenc are considered to be among the finest in the catalogue.
Virtually all undergraduate and postgraduate instrumental students are required to take part in chamber music activity and chamber performances. The experience of being taught by, meeting and watching people who are artistic leaders in their field is motivating and inspiring, providing a standard to aim for.
FACULTY OF DANCE
Transitions Dance Company works with three world leading choreographers each year who remain resident with the company while it develops its annual tour programme. In recent years these choreographers have included:
- Ederson Rodrigues Xavier
- Dog Kennel Hill Project – research collective fronted by Dance Artists Ben Ash, Henrietta Hale and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta
- Theo Clinkard
- Bawren Tavaziva
- Zoi Dimitriou
- Miguel Pereira
- Lauri Stallings
- Tom Dale
- Augusto Corrieri
Students in the Faculty of Dance work on recreations of iconic dance works in the Historical Projects module, counting frequent visits from dance companies and choreographers from around the world, who work with students to recreate dance works by choreographers who made an impact on twentieth century contemporary. These include recreations of the works of Rudolf Laban, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Richard Alston, Steve Paxton and Lea Anderson.
Merce Cunningham and John Cage pictured in 1980 during their residency at the Laban Centre. Photos courtesy of the Laban archive.