Alumni news




Achievements of just some of our alumni this week.

Trinity Laban alumni feature in three dance works in the Elefeet Dance Festival at the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell from 7-29 April -

Bridging the Void uses film, dance and music to create an immersive experience and was choreographed by alumnus Rachel Johnson (MA Choreography, 2013). The piece also includes cast member Eleanor Palmer (MA Choreography, 2013).

Once Upon a Midnight Dream was composed by music alumnus Martina Schwartz (1992) and choreographed by dance alumnus Justyna Sochaj (Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance, 2011).

In Memoriam is being directed by Masha Gurina (MA Creative Practice 2013) and with Laura Heywood (BA Hons, 2012) in the cast. In Memoriam is a reflection on the transformation which happens to people, their lives and their concept of normality during times of war. It is dedicated to women of the First World War - women who become the 'army behind the army'; women the bomb-makers, women the fighters, women who 'stayed behind', women addressed in thousands of letters and poems. Inspired by war-time imagery and poetry of The Great War and performed by an exceptionally skilled group of dancers and musicians, In Memoriam brings together an explosive mix of flamenco and contemporary dance.

In a celebration of all things Handel (pictured above), two Trinity Laban music alumni are singing at the London Handel Festival (3-20 April). Alumnus Sarah Denbee (MMus, 2012) sang in the semi-final of the Handel Singing Competition on 9 April, and alumnus Susanna Fairbairn (MMus, 2013) is in The Dragon of Wantley and other productions being performed in the festival.

New opera The Blank Canvas has recently been awarded Best New Opera Production at the 2015 Offies (Off-West End Awards). Vocal alumnus Melanie Sanders (Postgraduate Artist Diploma, 2008) played Lucy in the production.