Students at Trinity Laban's Centre for Advanced Training have the opportunity to take part in various exciting projects throughout the year, working with leading dance companies and artists in world renowned-dance venues.

Professional Artist Commissions 2015/2016   

Each year, the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban commissions a number of professional artists to work with the young people on the programme. This exposure to the professional dance world is a key element of the training programme. The students are treated as professional companies in their own right, supplied with rehearsal directors, lighting designers, costume designers, producers and, of course, the artists themselves. The young people receive call sheets for the production days and rehearsals, and get to perform the work at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK: the Royal Festival Hall, White Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Clore Ballroom, Robin Howard Dance Theatre and the Laban Theatre. These works are developed to the highest production standards with acclaimed reviews. 

The artists and companies that we worked with in previous years include: Arthur Pita, Bim Malcomson, Darren Ellis, Double Vision, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, James Wilton, Kenneth Tharp, Lea Anderson, Lee Smikle, Lost Dog, Mafalda Deville, Nigel Charnock, Shobana Jeyasingh, Tavaziva Dance, Tina Krasevec and Company Wayne McGregor.

Meet the Artists                                            

The artists for our 2015/2016 professional commissions are Alison Curtis Jones, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Joss Arnott, Sarah Dowling, and Sarah Linstra. 

Freddie Opoku-Addaie - Choreographer

Freddie Opoku-Addaie is an East London-born choreographer, performer, educator and artistic director, partly raised in Ghana and of Ghanaian heritage. He juxtaposes instinctive movement/ritualistic folk social practices and structured choreography with indeterminate rules and parameters of gaming. The results are viscerally affecting works that explore universal notions of the group, the individual, and the outsider.

A former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House (ROH2), Opoku-Addaie has received numerous choreographic awards and commissions, including a Robin Howard Commission, and he was twice a Finalist choreographer/performer in the Place Prize sponsored by Bloomberg. His works have been presented and toured nationally and internationally, including Aerowaves/ Dance Across Europe, Dance3 Tour (UK), Jardin d'Europe (Romainia), B-Motion (Italy), and Attakkalari Biennial Festival (India). He was a 2014-15 Trailblazer Champion Fellow for the Association of the African Diaspora (ADAD - now One Dance UK), and did residencies and presentations of works as part of their Bloom National festival at the Southbank Centre 2009 (UK), Horniman Museum and Gardens 2015 (UK), and the Musée de la civilization 2016 (Quebec City, Canada)

Currently, Opoku-Addaie is in the research and development phase of Remains (working title), an iteration of his partly autobiographical, first full-length solo Show of Hands, directed by Graeme Miller with 22 wood-carved hand sculptures by Friedel Buecking and Christine Kowal Post, commissioned by Dance Umbrella 2013 and Trinity Laban/Greenwich Dance partnership, and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with international dates set for 2016-17. He's co-creating/performing Unplugged Bodies, an ongoing Project with Kyoung-Shin Kim, which had its first presentation in May 2014 at MODAFE international Festival (South Korea). He is one of the 22 dance artists who collaborated with Siobhan Davies and filmmaker David Hinton on the international touring film installation, The Running Tongue.

Opoku-Addaie is an Artsadmin Associate Artist. 

Visit Freddie Opoku-Addaie's website.

Joss Arnott - Choreographer

Joss Arnott trained at London Studio Centre and Laban. Upon graduation, he joined Transitions Dance Company whilst completing his MA in Dance Performance.

Joss has toured internationally as a dance artist and has worked with Cameron McMillan, Colin Poole, Tom Dale, Matthias Sperling, Yael Flexer, and The Barbican on an installation for the Merce Cunningham Company.

Founding Joss Arnott Dance shortly after completing his training, Joss has received continuous support and commissions by leading UK dance agencies, whilst working at dance conservatoires, such as Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Joss is a Focus Group Artist for Sadler’s Wells National Youth Dance Company and has produced commissioned works for National CAT Schemes – including those at DanceEast, NSCD, Dance City, and Swindon Dance, whilst guest teaching at Trinity Laban and The Lowry. Other Youth commissions include those for professional dance companies such as 2Faced Dance Company. Joss also teaches professional class, intensives, and residencies, nationally and internationally.

In the last five years, Joss has received five Grants for the Arts awards from Arts Council England for Joss Arnott Dance, allowing the company to excel and for Joss to be acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading emerging contemporary dance choreographers.

Last year, the company celebrated its fifth anniversary by touring nationally with 5|0, a triple bill featuring original music by the company’s composer James Keane and live performances from Grammy Award winner and Polar Music Prize laureate Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s premier solo percussionist.

Visit the website of Joss Arnott Dance.

Sarah Linstra - Choreographer

Sarah Linstra is a freelance dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer, born in the Netherlands. After completing her education at the Havo Voor Muziek en Dans, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Dance from Codarts Dance Academy in Rotterdam.

Sarah became an apprentice with Club Guy&Roni, and later became part of the company, touring throughout Europe with their production Language of Walls. Sarah started working as a freelance dancer in Amsterdam in 2004. She worked with several choreographers, including Leine&Roebana, and danced in their productions including Ditto, Eye in All, Terts, Sporen, and Ballads. In 2006, Sarah moved to the UK to join the Henri Oguike Dance Company in London. She performed old and new repetoire with the company, including: Front Line, Tiger Dancing, White Space, Second Signal, Finale, Little Red, Green in Blue and Touching All/All Around. Sarah toured the UK, China, Israel, US (Jacobs Pillow festival), Portugal, Italy, Switzerland (Steps Festival), and Germany. In May 2009, Sarah danced in the Roundhouse production Underdrome, choreographed by Darren Johnston. That same year, Sarah made a guest appearance in Henri Oguike’s new triple bill Butterfly Dreaming, performing in the piece Toccato, set to cello suites by Bach at The Royal Opera House.

Sarah was the educational facilitator for Henri Oguike Dance Company, teaching repertoire and workshops, and worked as a freelance contemporary teacher at several schools throughout the UK, including Trinity Laban, The Place, London Studio Centre, and Swindon Dance. Sarah taught contemporary dance at the Centre for Advanced Training, Trinity Laban, for several years before returning to the The Netherlands in 2016, to work as a dance artist. Alongside her work as a dancer and dance teacher, Sarah has been creating her own work since 2006, including dance films for youth, and semi-professional and community dance projects.

Visit Sarah Linstra's website.

Previous Projects

  • Dance and the Child International 2015
  • African Summer
  • Lila Dance: The Deluge
  • Compass                                                     
  • The Royal Ballet Upper School
  • The Sum of Parts 

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