WW1 Centenary dance work to be released on DVD

In Memoriam DVD image

Trinity Laban will release the DVD of In Memoriam 2014, a dance film contributing to the centenary of WW1, on 30 January after the success of its screening in November 2014.

The film records the performance of an original movement choir work that references Rudolf Laban’s methodology and features Trinity Laban students from both the Faculties of Dance and Music, dancers from the Retired not Tired programme, local school Dalmain Primary and Centre for Advanced Training dance students.

Rudolf Laban, from whom Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance takes its name, was a pioneer of expressionist dance. His theories of choreography and movement are now foundations of contemporary dance and choreology.

The film references two of Laban's dance theatre works made in the 1920s in response to the aftermath, chaos and suffering of WW1, namely the colour theme from The Swinging Temple and the War and Dying Procession fromGreen Clowns.

Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop, the artistic leader of the project, along with dance film maker Roswitha Chesher, says: "In Memoriam 2014 sprang from work done during CoLab, a Trinity Laban project that brings together students from both music and dance faculties to work in collaboration.

“I worked with 50 dance and music students to explore the themes for In Memoriam 2014 and develop the movement material and musical accompaniment, which includes brass, percussion and a four part choir.

“While primarily designed to contribute to the WW1 centenary, In Memoriam 2014 also celebrates Rudolf Laban's legacy and its resonance and meaning for dance students and artists into the 21st century and beyond."

The DVD, which also includes images of studio rehearsals, can be purchased via Dance Books.

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