CoLab is coming!



From 9-20 February Trinity Laban turns into a controlled chaos hotbed of activity with planned and impromptu performances as part of CoLab 2015 - a laboratory of music and dance practice at the edge of creative ambition.

Joe Townsend, Professor of Complementary Studies and organiser of CoLab, says: “It’s part of our approach to get our students as ‘match fit’ as possible for the real world once they graduate – enhance their entrepreneurial skills, source musicians and dancers, manage projects and do their own promotion.

“But it’s also about encouraging them to experiment and collaborate – with other students, with staff, with other organisations - where the process is as important as the product.

“CoLab is pretty much unique in the UK and across Europe, we believe, because we basically stop all lessons for two weeks and 800 students devise and run their own music and dance collaborative programmes."

The Fifth Wall, at Blackheath Halls, will feature a live streamed debate on the meaning of creativity and learning. Chaired by Sally Taylor from The Culture Capital Exchange, the panel includes Emma Stenning (Producer, the Old Vic 2012 Olympics), Sacha Golub (ling’s College) and Brette Gereck (renowned theatre designer) who are sure to engage in the big questions for arts and culture today.

CoLab highlights include –

  • collaborative work with students and staff from Ewha Woman’s University (13 February, Faculty of Music, Greenwich). Ewha is one of Korea’s leading music colleges, and the collaboration will result in a totally new piece of work
  • CoLab at Creekside (13 February) – a series of performances developed over a week of intense creative work, performed in the beautiful Laban Building in Deptford
  • Beyond the Keys (16 February) – a celebration of cutting edge works for piano – also at the Laban Building
  • The Fifth Wall (19 February, Blackheath Halls) – an evening that pushes artistic boundaries, including the debate on creativity, the London Democratic Orchestra and Michael Kliën’s Excavation Project, developed after a week in residence at Trinity Laban
  • CoLab finale (20 February, also at Blackheath Halls) – a raucous celebration of dance and music.

 Picture credit - jk_photography