Live debate challenges the stigmas around failure in the performing arts


Arts and culture experts from around the UK and Europe will lead a live streamed open-ended talk show on the meaning of failure in the performing arts on Thursday 19 February 2015. This unique event is part of CoLab 2015, Trinity Laban’s cutting edge higher education teaching programme.

From an intimate ‘living room’ setting, some of the country’s most creative minds will examine the value of failure and whether it should be celebrated and nurtured, as part of the propulsion of creative growth.

Hosted by Sally Taylor from The Cultural Capital Exchange, the Living Room will also feature John Cumming OBE, Director of Serious; Bretta Gerecke from Cirque du Soleil and Catalyst Theatre; Emma Stenning from the Bristol Old Vic; Sacha Golob, Lecturer in Philosophy, King College London; Trinity Laban’s Head of Dance Science, Emma Redding; and Joe Townsend, musician and CoLab’s Creative Producer.

The live streaming from 9pm will let viewers contribute to the conversation, which is expected to court controversy and dispute commonly held beliefs about failure and whether we should shy away or embrace it.

During CoLab, which is now in its fourth year, 800 Trinity Laban students will engage with a wide range of artists and art forms in what is an exceptional curriculum-linked learning opportunity. CoLab enables students to think and train differently as performers, and encourages them to take artistic risks.

Picture credit – jk_photography

Thu 19 Feb 2015, 21.00hr till late