CoLab is Trinity Laban’s annual two-week festival where dance students, music students and staff join forces to develop ideas and make brand new work in a spirit of experimentation and collaboration.
This year’s festival runs from 8 to 19 February 2016, and features approximately 80 projects, including several that have a particularly international flavour:
- Fearlessly creative Swiss composer-pianist Nik Bärtsch and celebrated movement director Fernanda Prata (known for her work with Punch Drunk) will lead music and dance students in an exploration of polyrhythmic music and movement
- Legendary Dutch trumpeter Marco Blaauw – principal trumpet with Musikfabrik – will explore cutting-edge contemporary music with wind, brass and percussion students
- Dance students from Korea National University of the Arts will join forces with a small group of string players from Trinity Laban to make a new piece in an exploration of intercultural exchange and friendship
- Israeli violist and Trinity Laban professor Rivka Golani will welcome composers from Spain, Hungary, Canada, the US and the UK for a concert of chamber music world premieres, dedicated to the First Nation People of Canada
- Renowned Italian Philosopher of Wine Nicola Perullo and Trinity Laban piano professor Gabriele Baldocci will examine the aesthetic relationship between music and wine, and the similarities and differences between taste and the perception of music
- Greek choreographer Zoi Dimitriou and Irish pianist Peter Tuite (Head of Piano and Keyboard at Trinity Laban) will mentor an interpretation in music and dance of an extract from The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Czech-born writer Milan Kundera.
Audiences will be able to observe the results at a number of sharings and events.
For more information, see the CoLab section of the Trinity Laban website.
Imagery: JK Photography