Dance alumni make waves at WHAT Festival

Matthias Sperling

Several Trinity Laban alumni have been commissioned for What remains…, the sixth edition of WHAT Festival, curated by Independent Dance (ID) and Siobhan Davies Dance.

Inspired by forensic scientist Edmond Locard’s principle that ‘every contact leaves a trace’, this year’s festival features ten commissions exploring the traces of other artists’ practices. Live performances, installations, interventions and a film screening are among this year’s intriguing commissions.

One of the Trinity Laban alumni partaking in What remains… is Matthias Sperling (pictured), who, since graduating from Transitions Dance Company in 1998, has become a renowned name in contemporary dance. My name is Janez Janša takes a fascinating look at three artists who changed their names to that of the Slovenian president in 2007, questioning how names, like choreography, might connect bodies and meanings.

2009 graduate Olga Masleinnikova presents Being Mr. X in collaboration with Michaela Ross. Their presentation shows the work of Mr X, an artist resident at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, investigating the visible and invisible spatial constraints he experiences in his environment.

Carolyn Roy, who graduated from Trinity Laban’s MA Creative Practice in 2012, presents The Telling, based on the writing of Allen Kaprow. Her classes and improvisation session explores the idea of a woman who attempted to repeat her actions of the previous day again and again.

Similarly, 2013 graduate My Johansson, looks at precision in repetition, questioning how the body interacts with stillness. Her work is entitled Nor I.

To find out more about What remains…, please visit the Independent Dance (ID) website.

Trinity Laban's MA and MFA Creative Practice programmes are delivered in conjunction with Independent Dance (ID) and Siobhan Davies Dance. To find out more about the programmes, please visit the Trinity Laban Postgraduate webpage.

Image: Neil Wissink