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On Saturday 20 January 2018, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance hosted a special event in collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Trinity Laban is the only UK conservatoire to offer a Fulbright Scholarship: the Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award in Music & Dance, which offers US citizens the chance to pursue postgraduate study at Trinity Laban.

More than 30 Fulbright Scholars currently studying at universities around the UK came to witness a special presentation from choreographer Roman Baca, the current holder of the Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award. Roman, a military veteran, shared his work-in-progress towards a unique choreographic work based on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, aimed at connecting military veterans, victims of war and civilians.

Work in Progress

Choreography by Roman Baca

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Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, said:

“Roman Baca is an exceptionally talented individual doing truly extraordinary work. We were honoured to have the chance to present his work to this year’s Fulbright Scholars, within our magnificent dance building. We are incredibly proud of our longstanding links with the US, and are thrilled to be partners with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.”

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Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission said:

“Trinity Laban is a highly valued partner of the Fulbright programme, and we were delighted to collaborate with them on this special performance choreographed by Roman Baca.”

Fulbright Scholar Roman Baca

The remarkable story behind his work as a choreographer

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Roman Baca

Roman Baca is a classical ballet dancer who served in Fallujah, Iraq as a United States Marine. As the recipient of the 2017 Fulbright Trinity Laban Scholar Award, Mr Baca is currently pursuing an MFA in Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. While at Trinity Laban he is choreographing a work to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, collaborating with dancers, musicians, artists, and military veterans. He is also conducting research into other organizations that are connecting military veterans and the performing arts.

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Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award in Music & Dance offers US citizens the opportunity to pursue a one-year Master’s degree (or the first year of a longer Master’s or PhD degree program) in music or dance at Trinity Laban in London.

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Work in progress


The evaluation of training for war on the individual and how it informs personal experience from an ethnographic approach.

Choreography by Roman Baca

Performers: Yingchi Lin, Lisa Fitzgerald, Laura Gagliardi, Federica Bertani, Ellis Martin-Wylie

Music by Max Richter

Two dancers running in place