A two night spectacular this weekend will be the opportunity for students from Trinity Laban's Centre for Advanced Training to enthrall audiences at their end of year show.
On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July these advanced dance students will perform an exciting programme of diverse and dynamic dance at the Laban Theatre, featuring vibrant group pieces by award winning guest choreographers and companies such as Lea Anderson, Arthur Pita, Darren Ellis, James Wilton and Lee Smikle, as well as selected student choreographies.
The programme will also include a collaborative work between the Centres for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and The Place, London Contemporary Dance School, working with one of Sadler's Wells finest associate and visiting companies, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Company. The work, entitled 1, 2 as a group, is a restaging of Compass, which was commissioned and produced by Connect, the Creative Learning Department at Sadler's Wells. Compass was performed on Sadler's Wells main stage in April 2012.
Working with artists Pascal Merighi (an ex member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Company who has since been working as a guest of the company) and Felix Bürkle, Tanztheater created 1, 2 as a group to an original score of recorded sounds, vocal and instrumental music composed by Hannah Peel.The finished work was performed at U.Dance at the Royal Festival Hall, the Laban Theatre and The Place.
Jack Cooper, a Trinity Laban CAT student, said: "As I took my first step onto the Sadler's Wells stage, I looked out the corner of my eye to see thousands of people watching us. I was nervous, although not as much as I expected, and it gave me my first taste of being a professional dancer, at the UK's foremost dance venue and producing house."
The Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban is an innovative scheme offering young people with exceptional talent and potential in dance the opportunity to access high quality dance training. The programme of classes provides intensive and rigorous dance training taught by a highly experienced team of professional dance teachers and artists.
There are nine national dance CATs, supported through the Government's Music and Dance Scheme. They operate from host organisations recognised for their excellence and commitment to the arts and vocational training.
Compass brought together a team of choreographers, a writer, a film maker, composers and musicians with a cast of over 100 dancers, encompassing all ages and levels of experience. Set to an original score of live and recorded vocal and instrumental music composed by Hannah Peel and Donna McKevitt and accompanied by arresting visual imagery by film maker Tal Rosner, the company combine their talents and draw on their rich cultural heritage to create a thought provoking performance.