Laban Building in choreographed installation

Laban Building

The Laban Building, home to Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance, is to be brought to life in a brand new installation recreating and deconstructing a replica of its façade.

This specially commissioned art/architectural installation, entitled Transfer Laban, is being created for Canary Wharf by German artist Wolfgang Weileder, commissioned by Locus+. It will replicate the façade of the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Laban Building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Over two weeks in June 2016, the full-scale replica will be constructed and deconstructed in Montgomery Square. The façade will be built in ten separate sections in a choreographed sequence that sees it physically and metaphorically transfer. Each section will be visible for a single day before being deconstructed and erected as the next section.

Trinity Laban students will bring a second component to the installation, performing choreographed responses to the artwork in Montgomery Square twice each day.

Jonathan Owen Clark, Head of Research at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance says: “Trinity Laban is delighted to be involved in this collaboration between artist Wolfgang Weileder and choreographer and Trinity Laban Dance Faculty member Charles Linehan. This will be an exciting public art event that features our building in an original and surprising context, and will also introduce dance performance into a highly visible public and unique architectural space.”

Transfer Laban will appear from 13 – 24 June as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016.

Imagery: Peter Smith