Trinity Laban meets the Horniman in Brazilian fusion

Mariana Pinho

Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation (Dance) department has teamed up with the Horniman Museum and Gardens on two major collaborations for summer 2016.

From May to August 2016, the Laban Building plays host to a series of objects from a Candomblé shrine, as part of the Horniman’s Object in Focus project. Candomblé, an African religion for which music and dance are highly significant, is tremendously popular in Brazil - the inspiration for Trinity Laban and the Horniman's second collaboration this summer.

The Horniman’s Brazilian summer opening celebrations will centre on Festas Junina and Julina (June and July Festivals), celebrating the harvest of the corn in the Brazilian countryside, and acknowledging the start of the Brazilian winter. On 3 July, the Horniman’s Gardens will be filled with live Forró music, dance collaborations, street performances, traditional Brazilian games, and much more.

A number of Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation (Dance) groups will be getting involved, including dancers aged 13-16 of the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme, adult contemporary dancers, and members of Over 60s group All Singing, All Dancing.

Two of Trinity Laban’s dance groups for young people, Launch and Dance Fusion, will collaborate with Brazilian dance teacher Mariana Pinho (pictured) to learn the quadrilha step, a Brazilian square dance. The groups will then fuse this new style with their own – which takes influences from contemporary and hip-hop – to create something totally new unique.

To find out more, visit the Horniman’s website.