Candoco Dance Company and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance have joined forces to achieve greater access for disabled people into the dance profession and to advocate for the importance of inclusive practice in enhancing creative endeavour, it was announced today by Candoco Executive Director Rebecca Dawson and Trinity Laban Director of Dance Mirella Bartrip.
The partnership, which formally launched on 17 October prior to Candoco's performance in the Bonnie Bird Theatre, aims to embed inclusive practice into the culture of dance, integrating disabled dancers, makers, teachers and leaders into the profession. Candoco and Trinity Laban will promote inclusive practice in vocational training, developing progression routes for disabled dancers into pre-vocational and vocational training and providing leadership in establishing the UK as internationally significant for the advancement of inclusive dance practice.
In pursuit of these ambitious aims, Candoco and Trinity Laban are embarking on a comprehensive programme of activity to include providing mutual advisory roles for programme and curriculum developments, and audition processes; developing structured professional development programmes; providing regular placements with Candoco for Trinity Laban students; collaborating on youth projects and company and student performance projects; and Candoco repertory production and performances at the Laban Theatre in Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance.
Rebecca Dawson says:
"Trinity Laban's innovative philosophy and diverse community have been instrumental in resourcing Candoco's groundbreaking workforce and we are very excited to be working together in a formal capacity to harness that history and commitment in order to drive a step change in dance training, performance and making."
Mirella Bartrip endorses Rebecca's view:
"I am delighted that the close collaboration of Trinity Laban and Candoco over the years has resulted in consolidation of our association as a formal partnership. As two forward looking and entrepreneurial organisations, our dance artists and educators will collaborate to realize new horizons for dance art in the 21st century."
Candoco returned to the Laban Theatre on Wed 17 - Thu 18 October for two performances of Three Acts of Play, a triple bill featuring the London theatre premiere of Javier de Frutos' new duet Studies for C. Inspired by the poetry of Tennessee Williams and set to traditional Mexican Ranchera music, the duet is a celebration of difference and rebellion.
Candoco Dance Company celebrates over 20 years challenging preconceptions about who can dance and what dance might be. The company has developed a bold concept of inclusion, which stems from a commitment to excellence in dance, making it an international leader in working with disabled and non-disabled dancers at a professional level.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance supports and develops talented performers and practitioners throughout their creative lives. Its innovative course provision and elite training, staff of artists and practitioners, exciting programme of performances and groundbreaking education, community and social inclusion work make Trinity Laban a leader in the advancement of creative artistic practice. Trinity Laban is committed to cultivating pathways to the profession for disabled artists and developing the artistic leaders and innovators of the future.