Dance alumnus Charlotte Pook has recently returned from an international choreography assignment in the Seychelles, in which she choreographed pieces for a number of dance groups as part of the 8th Seychelles Dance Bienniale.
Fellow alumnus Joel Rose, who is currently based in the Seychelles, contacted Charlotte and asked her to send a proposal to the School of Dance, and she was subsequently appointed as Guest Choreographer.
The Bienniale brings together dance groups from neighbouring islands in a 10-day celebration of dance, and this year it featured groups from Seychelles, Madagascar, Réunion, and Rodrigues, Mauritius. Pook, who was a Leverhulme scholar during her time as a student at Trinity Laban, ran technique classes and workshops with the participants and created a 30-minute piece for the final performance in the festival, held at the National Conservatoire for Dance in the Seychelles.
Pook credits her time at Trinity Laban with giving her the confidence to succeed as a choreographer. “It was the creation experiences including commissioned works and Transitions Dance Company that has given me the knowledge and confidence to fulfil a choreographic piece of work here,” she says. Of her experience on the island she says: “It has been incredible working with dancers from such diverse cultures, all with an eagerness to learn and explore new skills. The dancers are so passionate here and full of positivity and I loved being able to share my work with them.”