Trinity Laban dancers work on major Leverhulme dance research project


Trinity Laban, Coventry University and Plymouth University have been awarded almost £250,000 from the Leverhulme Trust to conduct a three year, in-depth analysis of the mental imagery used by performers to push the boundaries of contemporary dance.

Plymouth, which is leading on the ground breaking research, will work with Trinity Laban Dance Science and trainee dancers at Coventry University to examine what enables dancers to more effectively use mental imagery to generate movement material. It will also examine how such mental techniques and methods can be taught most effectively, with a view to developing detailed training programmes for aspiring dancers to employ. The Leverhulme grant also provides funding for two PhD student researchers for Trinity Laban and Coventry.

Emma Redding, Head of Trinity Laban’s Dance Science, says: “The Leverhulme grant will enable teachers to share their practice of teaching choreography, psychologists to understand more about how dancers think when they move, and dancers to discover how to enhance their own creativity 

“The project brings together creative practitioners and dance science researchers to ask important unanswered questions regarding how dancers think when they create, those questions which can only be properly investigated through interdisciplinary art and science research.

Trinity Laban is already a recipient of generous Leverhulme funding for scholarships for both music and dance students at postgraduate and undergraduate level, as well as bursaries for junior students. This additional funding will help to propel the international reputation of Trinity Laban as one of the foremost dance research bodies in the world.

Picture credit - Chris Nash