More International Success For Trinity Laban Dance Graduates

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Three dance graduates from South London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance had their dance works shown at this year's NEU-NOW Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

Dance works by BA (Hons) Dance Theatre graduates, Sarah Armstrong, Anna Bergstrom and Karolin Kent, featured in the online edition of the festival, run by the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA). Their work was displayed alongside across dance, drama, film, music, design and visual art works from 23 countries.

Sarah also presented her piece, Integrated, at the festival itself in November, which coincided with Tallinn's year as the European Capital of Culture and attracted thousands of international visitors.

Integrated operates around the actions of two performers, Sarah and Richard Moizer, whose costumes are joined together in a way which visually and physically re-constructs the borders of the skin.

"This is an absorbing durational work which articulates the unique voice of the choreographer. We particularly admired the way in which the piece pushes at the boundary of the theatre, dance and art - challenging the expectations and preconceptions of the audience" said Anthony Dean, Co-Artistic Director of the Festival.

Colin Bourne, Head of Undergraduate Studies at Trinity Laban Dance, said the festival was fast gaining a reputation for the quality of the performances: "NEU-NOW has become a vibrant, thematic arts festival, rather than simply being a collection of individual works. One of the key themes of the teaching at Trinity Laban Dance is to challenge the boundaries of contemporary dance, and this festival is an excellent opportunity for our students to demonstrate this."

Trinity Laban has successfully nominated student work for the NEU/NOW festival for three consecutive years. Last year alumnus Andrew Graham was invited to perform his final year piece at the live festival in Nantes, France.

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