The ten-day festival of collaboration cultivated new ideas, bringing together multiple art forms and people from a number of different continents.
CoLab is a unique festival of creative collaboration that aims to expand the expressive possibilities of music, dance and beyond. This year’s festival saw over 75 projects and performances taking place at four sites across South-East London.
There were many highlights, and projects were directed by leading artists from around the world. Among them was artist in residence Nik Bärtsch, Fernanda Prata, Annabel Arden, Toby Sedgwick, Parliamentary Jazz winner Phil Meadows, Steve Hellier and acclaimed harpist Sylvain Blassel.
CoLab also provided the basis for new cultural exchanges between Trinity Laban and the Korea National University of the Arts (K-Arts) in Seoul; an entourage of dancers from K-Arts travelled to London to collaborate with Trinity Laban musicians. In addition, there was a project exploring the shape note singing tradition of Canadian First Nations peoples.
Head of CoLab Joe Townsend commented:
‘I’d like to thank all the mentors for their time, their generosity and their artistic vision. I’d also like to thank all the dedicated people who work behind the scenes at Trinity Laban and make CoLab happen, year in year out.’
CoLab projects were supported directly and indirectly by numerous creative institutions, galleries and museums. Among those were the Courtauld Institute of Art, Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Goldsmith’s College, Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and K-Arts.
For more information about CoLab, and to see some images from CoLab 2016, please visit the Trinity Laban website: https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/colab
Photography credit: Lidia Crisafulli