London artist draws on Trinity Laban dance alumni for new performance work


London performance artist Florence Peake is using Trinity Laban dance alumni in a new performance work, SHIFT CONSTRUCT, this weekend (26-27 Sep) at NOW Gallery at Greenwich Peninsula.

Peake’s work is a response to an installation by Simon Heijdens, who has wrapped the gallery's 7 meter windows with an intelligent skin reacting to wind, creating a kaleidoscope of light and shade. SHIFT CONSTRUCT will see the dancers build structures in response to the shifting light and atmosphere and presence of people in the space; interacting with and interrupting their own patterns of construction as they move.

SHIFT CONSTRUCT uses Trinity Laban alumni Luke Birch (BA 2008) and Rosalie Wahlfrid (MSc 2010), with a specially commissioned sound score by Henry Bennett.

Florence will also involve dance alumni - Katye Coe (MA 2013), Andrew Hardwidge (MA Dance Theatre 2012), Susanna Recchia (BA 2004) – in her next piece at the Hayward Gallery, for which she is currently rehearsing at the Laban Theatre. Florence said she uses Trinity Laban dancers because “…they are all exceptional dancers and highly intelligent performers.”

Florence Peake is a London-based artist who has been making work since 1995. With an extensive training in dance and a background in painting, her performance practice uses drawing, painting and sculpture materials combined with found and fabricated objects placed in relationship to the moving body.

Florence Peake’s SHIFT CONSTRUCT is commissioned by NOW Gallery, which opened this week on the Greenwich Peninsula, and is produced by NKT. Florence Peake is an Artsadmin Associate Artist. The free performance will move between indoor and outdoor spaces over three hours; and audiences are invited to come and go at their leisure.


Fri 26 Sep, 6pm – 9pm

Sat 27 Sep, 2pm – 5pm