Seminars & Events

The Research Department regularly organises research seminars, symposia and other events. Please find below information on the current seminar series and other forthcoming events.

Research Seminars and Events

Research Seminars usually take place on occasional Wednesdays from 17.15-18.15 with venues alternating between the Dance and Music Faculties. 

All welcome!

The programme for 2015-16 is continuously developing.

Below an outline of some of the 2015-16 Trinity Laban Research Hub events, including Research Seminars. 

Tue 15 Sep 2015

Graduate School Symposium on Research Methodologies

Faculty of Dance, 10.00-16.00

Speakers: Jonathan Clark; Zoi Dimitriou; Sam Hayden; Dominic Murcott; Sue Akroyd; Sophie Fuller 

Alumni Panel: Anne Verhaeghe; Chi-Ling Lok; Olga Masleinnikova; Jillian Bain Christie (in conversation with Jonathan Clark)

Open to Trinity Laban staff and students only.


Tue 27 Oct 2015

Research-Informed Teaching Event

Faculty of Dance, Studios 5 and 7, 14.00-15.30

Showcasing research-informed teaching within the faculties

Examples of: Work in progress; Peer review/literature review; Research project in train; Publications; CD/Video.

Facilitated by Louise Jackson and Jonathan Clark

Open to Trinity Laban staff only.


Mon 2 Nov 2015

Foundations for Excellence Conference 2015:

Meeting the Challenges of Excellence in Music and Dance

Faculty of Dance, 10.30-20.00


The conference aims to challenge existing pedagogical practices and propose innovative methods of nurturing excellence among young dancers and musicians.

Please find detailed information here.


Tue 10 Nov 2015

First in 'Creative Conversations' Series

Lizzi Kew Ross (Trinity Laban), Douglas Finch (Trinity Laban) and Jon Sanders (film maker)

Faculty of Music, Stuart Room, 18.00-19.00

This new series explores the nature of collaborative relationships, comprising of three interviews by Lizzi Kew Ross with choreographers, musicians, a film maker and a lighting designer; considering what makes them successful, the demands and shared interests, the specific dynamics and conversations that are important to each pair of artists.

Director Jon Sanders and composer Douglas Finch have collaborated on five feature films over the last fifteen years – the most recent shot in the French Pyrenees this past September and due to be released next year. Jon Sanders’ critically acclaimed films are delicate and evocative portrayals of the fragility of everyday lives, and are influenced by such models as Bresson, Tarkovsky, Mizoguchi and Fellini. Having begun his career in film as a sound designer, Jon Sanders takes great care over the music – both in terms of aesthetic and in relation to natural sound.  Douglas’ close working relationship with Jon involves experimentation and improvisation in the early devising stages, performing music live on set in improvised scenes, and the employment of a very spare but highly exposed musical score in post production. Lizzi Kew-Ross, in her interview, will explore the workings of this remarkable collaborative process from the exploration of conceptual models through to devising, recording, editing and mixing. The interview will be illustrated by extracts from the films which include Painted Angels (1999), Low Tide (2008), Late September (2009), Back to the Garden (2013) and Harvest (working title, in post production).

Open to the public.


Wed 18 Nov 2015

Practice-as-Research Reading Group

Faculty of Dance, Research Hub, 15.00

Led by John Irving

Text: Chapter 5 (on "Representation") from Nick Cook's Music: A Very Short Introduction 

Open to Trinity Laban staff and students only.


Wed 25 Nov 2015

Research Professional Development Series:

Preparing For Your Upgrade (facilitator Jonathan Clark)

Faculty of Dance, Research Hub, 15.00-16.00

Open to TL MPhil/PhD students only.

Further details from the Research Administrator


Wed 25 Nov 2015

Research Seminar Series and Book Launch: Vicky Hunter (Chichester); Rachel Sara (UWE); Alice Sara (Trinity Laban)

Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre, 17.15 -18.15

Followed by drinks in the Laban Bar - all welcome!

Book launch and seminar for new Routledge volume on site-specific dance: Moving Sites

Moving Sites explores site-specific dance practice through a combination of analytical essays and practitioner accounts of their working processes. In offering this joint effort of theory and practice, it aims to provide dance academics, students and practitioners with a series of discussions that shed light both on approaches to making this type of dance practice, and evaluating and reflecting on it. The edited volume combines critical thinking from a range of perspectives including commentary and observation from the fields of dance studies, human geography and spatial theory in order to present interdisciplinary discourse and a range of critical and practice-led lenses through which this type of work can be considered and explored. In so doing, this book addresses the following questions:

· How do choreographers make site-specific dance performance?

· What occurs when a moving body engages with site, place and environment?

· How might we interpret, analyse and evaluate this type of dance practice through a range of theoretical lenses?

· How can this type of practice inform wider discussions of embodiment, site, space, place and environment?

This innovative and exciting book seeks to move beyond description and discussion of site-specific dance as a spectacle or novelty and considers site-dance as a valid and vital form of contemporary dance practice that explores, reflects, disrupts, contests and develops understandings and practices of inhabiting and engaging with a range of sites and environments.

Open to the public.


Wed 2 Dec 2015

Research Seminar Series: Zoi Dimitriou (Trinity Laban)

Faculty of Dance, Studio 5, 17.15-19.15

Followed by drinks in the Laban Bar - all welcome!

The Chapter House

The research seminar will focus around my latest work The Chapter House (2014), an interdisciplinary dance piece with intricate choreography and live video documentation/installation by inventor of the Isadora software and co-director of Troika Ranch, Mark Coniglio.

I intend to use experts from this work to further discuss notions of live documentation in performance through digital media and the body as a living archive and site of discourse open to shifting angles of gaze and interpretation. This presentation will be responding to questions around how documentation can be a source for inspiration and creation of new work and unpick notions of newness and the value of commemorating what is by nature ephemeral.

Workshop: ‘Performing Documents’

Following the research seminar there will be a workshop called ‘Performing Documents’ open to all (you do not have to be a dance practitioner), which will be looking at documentation as practice through a physical exploration. Participants are encouraged to bring cameras, i-phones, notebooks and any other devices that can be used for documentation.

Open to the public.


Thu 10 Dec 2015

Trinity Laban at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London: Parallax 06

Led by Sam Hayden

The Trinity Laban Research and Composition Departments will showcase an evening of new and recent work by current TL RDP and PG students and TL staff, at the ICA, London on Thursday 10 December 2015. The title of the event is 'Moving Sound: The Performer In Space', and will be the 6th in the Parallax series of performances at Trinity Laban. 'Moving Sound' will also be part of a week long festival commencing December 7-11 2015 at TL, including the Rude Health performances, featuring diverse contemporary work by TL students and staff.

'Moving Sound' will feature multi-disciplinary artistic practice taking place at TL in a single evening event. These can include composition, dance, visual arts, multi-media or other interdisciplinary practice.

Open to the public.


Wed 27 Jan 2016

Research Seminar Series: Lizzi Kew Ross (Trinity Laban)

Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre, 17.15-18.15

Followed by drinks in the Laban Bar - all welcome!

Choreographic practice and the nature of the poetic image

Synopsis to follow.

Open to the public.


Wed 17 Feb 2016

Practice-as-Research Reading Group

Faculty of Dance, Research Hub, 15.00

Jonathan Clark on critical approaches to Practice as Research- text: John Croft ("Composition is not Research" in Tempo)

Open to Trinity Laban staff and students only.


Wed 16 Mar 2016

Research Seminar Series: Dominic Murcott (Trinity Laban)

Faculty of Music, Peacock Room, 17.15-18.15

Reliving a Crisis: Cunningham and Nancarrow 1960 and 2015

Synopsis to follow.

Open to the public.


Tue 22 Mar 2016

Research Seminar Series: Erin-Johnson Williams (Trinity Laban)

Faculty of Music, Theatre Studio, 17.15-18.15

Visualising Evangelism through Musical Notation: the Tonic Sol-fa Movement in the Victorian World

For nineteenth-century British missionaries, music was often employed as a ‘tool of control for evangelism and civilization’ (Charles McGuire, Music and Victorian Philanthropy [2009]). Indeed, the use of hymn-singing as a medium for communal bonding and as a means of enhancing if not accelerating the process of conversion to Christianity, has been well established. Yet the relatively elapsed pedagogical tool employed by many Victorian-era missionaries and singing school teachers that has hitherto received less scholarly attention was the alternative notational system ‘of the lower classes’ known as the Tonic Sol-fa method. First invented by Sarah Glover (1785-1867), and made into an unprecedentedly lucrative music publishing venture in the later nineteenth century by John Curwen (1816-1880) and his son John Spencer Curwen (1847-1916), the Tonic Sol-fa system resonated with missionaries in particular because the Curwens emphasized its accessibility to musically illiterate converts by replacing standard staff notation with simple alphabetical letters representing solfege scale degrees. Additionally, the low reproduction costs of a visually simpler notation system enabled the cheap mass-production of hymnals. However, the accessibility of Tonic Sol-fa notation was also a means of musical limitation, especially as Tonic Sol-fa singing schools in colonial outposts such as nineteenth-century South Africa became increasingly associated with ‘black’ worship, and singing from ‘elite’, ‘white’, and what became constructed as the ‘secular’ alternative of standard staff notation became progressively more politicized. This paper draws upon archival material from Cape Town, South Africa, as well as Victorian newspapers to contextualize theological representations of race through Victorian missionary singing schools.

Open to the public.


June- Sept 2016

AHRC Funded Architecture-Dance Project (with Wolfgang Weileder-Newcastle University, Charles Linehan, Jonathan Owen Clark)

At various venues: Canary Wharf (site-specific); Bonnie Bird Theatre (Faculty of Dance); Contextual Seminar (Faculty of Dance)

Open to the public



Attendance at events specified as open to the public is free of charge. External visitors are requested to book their place in advance by emailing the Research Administrator, Angela Kerkhoff,

Please contact the Research Administrator if you have any queries:


Find information on staff/student showcase events in the PARALLAX series here
Find information on Research Professional Development events here


Banner image: Artist Jaimie Henthorn, Photographer Rachel Cherry


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