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.

This year’s projects range from exploring the meaning of Brexit through a European jazz collaboration, a week of flamenco in Madrid and an introduction to making music in hospitals, to learning stage fighting and circus skills at Laurie Grove and mutual inspiration at Tate Modern, to students immersing themselves in Cuban music and dance. Here is a selection of projects.

Brexchange Jazz project

Trinity Laban welcomes students from around Europe in a creative exploration around the concept of “HOME,” belonging and identity. As seismic shifts change our landscape, music becomes a vital and expressive force to share and build our future. 

Flamenco: Working with Bulerias

Twelve students travel to Madrid to study the Bulerias flamenco style at the prestigious 'Amor de Dios' Academy. After a week of intensive lessons and rehearsals, they will return to London to perform in the CoLab Finale.

Machonchy & Friends: 20th Century British Female Composers

Dr Sophie Fuller takes students on an exploration of little-known works by Elizabeth Machonchy (1907-1994) and other female British composers of the time. 

Hospital Extravaganza

A five-day introduction to the skills, competencies and role of musicians in healthcare settings, explored through skills workshops, shadowing and music-making in London hospitals. Facilitated by Pulse Arts CIC.

Shudder 

An international CoLab project with students from Łódź (Poland), Shudder is a new operetta composed by TL Composition student Caitlin Harrison, and Jakub Kaczmarek, based on a fairy tale of thrill and horror from the Brothers Grimm: The Youth Who Went On To Learn What Fear Was.

Motown Orchestra

A high-energy Motown orchestra will come together at Blackheath Halls on the final night of CoLab 2018. It will perform arrangements of original songs by the Classical meets Popular project group, followed by upbeat Motown arrangements from the Hitsville UK – Motown project.

Percu & Strings

Bringing together percussion and strings players, Percu & Strings welcomes special guest Jean-Sébastien Borsarello, Principal Timpanist at the National Orchestra of Toulouse (ONCT, France), along with visiting students from Brussels and young musicians from Junior Trinity.  

Loud & Well Adjusted 

Students work with innovative contemporary pianist and TL alumnus Leon Michener, manipulating sound whilst embracing live film, graphic scores, and playing at substantial volumes! 

UK Grime Classic & Urban Dance 

UK Grime has been described as “the most significant musical development in the UK for decades.” Recent TL alumnus Femi Koleoso, from the award-winning Ezra Collective, returns to TL to create something edgy, exploratory and possibly radical with music and dance students. 

Laurie Grove Skills Hub

Laurie Grove transforms into a hub for skills sharing across music, dance, magic and circus.

Circus Skills Swap

Student “skills swap” - bringing dancers, musicians and circus performers together to explore cross-disciplinary practice, creating something uniquely weird and wonderful together.

Magic

Exploring new ways to connect with presentation and communication skills in performance through the medium of magic, students spend a week with TV magician Maximillian Somerset, to hone powers of illusion, deception, conjuring and music.

Tate Exchange

We are delighted to continue our TATE Exchange partnership, with projects taking place both at Trinity Laban and Tate Modern.  

The Front has a Back

Students create a 30-minute work as a project under the Tate Exchange partnership, inspired by the artist Gerhard Richter Cage. 

Liquid Crystal 

An intergenerational music and dance collaboration as part of the Tate Exchange partnership, Liquid Crystal creates a human kinetic sculpture, consisting of a shared physical and aural palette that evolves over the course of a week’s experimentation, leading to a final public sharing and workshop at Tate Modern.

Cuban Projects

This year saw an influx of project proposals inspired by genres of music and dance from Cuba. 

La Conga! Cuban Carnival

Working under the guidance of Barak Schmool, TL singers, instrumentalists and dancers will come together to form a high-energy Afro-Cuban band, exploring the Afro-Cuban genre in both its traditional and more modern forms. 

Cuban Music & Dance

A week exploring Cuba's rich artistic culture, looking at its different musical styles and dances. This project will culminate in a New York-style Salsa band, with a sharing at The Duke on Friday 16 February.

Havana 1930

This is a short love story, set in a social club in Havana City in the 1930s. The performers create a vivid scene in which dancers and actors depict colourful characters from that era, heightened by the sound world of a traditional Cuban Danzón band. The project is led by the award-winning Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas, one of the finest performers of the Cuban classical guitar school.