CoLab Projects

Every year, CoLab features dozens of projects which have been proposed and developed by students, staff or invited guests. Students receive expert mentorship and guidance from Trinity Laban professors, or from visiting artists from around the world.

Here is a small selection of projects that featured in CoLab 2017:

The Old Jelly Rollers

A group of enterprising Trinity Laban students headed to Mardi Gras in New Orleans to meet and play with leading US performers and celebrate the 100th anniversaries of both the first ever jazz recording and the birth of George Webb, the father of the traditional jazz revival in the UK.

The Brexchange Jazz Project

Trinity Laban students and staff joined with colleagues from across Europe to celebrate all that they have in common, and form a brand new group called the Brexchange Jazz/Funk/Folk Collective.

CoLab Horizons

Performers from National Taiwan University of Arts joined Trinity Laban students for an exploration of music and dance around the theme of "Different the Same". 

3 Harps, Clarinets, Dance

Composer Stephen Montague (who worked with John Cage) and dancer Ellen van Schuylenburch (who danced with Merce Cunningham) used the Cage-Cunningham modus operandi to create a new work for 3 harps, 3 clarinets, 1 percussionist and three dancers.

Sei Soli (six solos)

A performance of J S Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas by Solo Violin, given by internationally acclaimed violinist Thomas Bowes, was interspersed with newly devised responses, created under the mentorship of composer Eleanor Alberga.

Urban Groove

As part of his two-year residency at Trinity Laban, Nik Bärtsch encouraged students to use intricate rhythmic techniques, and create a dance and music piece that will be performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and London Jazz Festival 2017.

African Supergroup

Nii Okai Tagoe (from African supergroup Osibisa) and vocalist Molara led a project exploring African Groove and song. 

Hospital Extravaganza

In collaboration with Pulse Arts CIC, students explored the delivery of music to patients within a care-giving environment, including solo/chamber performance, and singing workshops. 

The Tempest

Musicians and dancers responded to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and created an immersive after-dark performance and installation, both inside and outside the Laban Building.

The Brexchange Cello Ensemble

Two composers, ten cellists and one soprano from Belgium and the UK came together to create and present “an amazing journey through Space and Time”.

Woman. You are…

Dance and music students created a response to a statement of intent: “Pray. Puppet. Obsession. Prostitute. Game. Nothing. In a man's world women can be defined, defiled, at will. Except, it's not a man's world.”


Students spent a week in HMP Thameside - a secure men's prison. In a project coordinated by partner organisation Finding Rhythms, they worked on a brand new album of songs, collaboratively created and performed together with inmates.


Musicians and dancers worked together to create a 20-minute piece inspired by The Grand Bouffe. They made a collage of established repertoire, new sounds and music in “a glorious mess of sound, movement and food”. 

Full-on Orchestral - La Strada / Uncommon Movers

While George Jackson directed a chamber orchestra in a performance of Nino Rota’s beautiful, exotic and evocative La Strada Suite, dancers explored the crossover between dance and music. The project culminated in a giant contemporary dance jam on the Laban Theatre stage.

We Want to Make Something Together

Futurologist, author, songwriter and serendipity engineer Mark Stevenson simply invited musicians and dancers to make something together. There were no rules: just a blank canvas.


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