As London’s Creative Conservatoire, we support and develop talented performers and creators throughout their artistic lives so that creativity can flourish.
Self Isolation Creation is an antidote to lockdown isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are showcasing the talent and adaptability of our community from their homes around the world.
Live streamed performances
During the summer term, our teaching moved to online delivery and so did our community’s performances with exclusive live streams and pre recorded creations being shared on digital platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
Responding to the experience of lockdown in his hometown of La Paz, multidisciplinary Bolivian artist and TL alum Mateo Dupleich Rozo created experimental short-film hola casita (hello little house) which welcomes the viewer into moments of intimacy between his home and its inhabitants.
Transitions Dance Company: Triple Bill 2020
In July Transitions Dance Company presented a film-version of their brand-new triple bill specially choreographed by dance artist and movement director Cameron McMillan, award-winning Scandinavian choreographer/performer duo H2DANCE, and Italian choreographer and dance educator Elisa Pagani for the company’s annual international tour. Recorded during a preview performance on the Laban Theatre stage before lockdown, the three pieces ranged from graceful precision to the wry and mischievous.
The full film was only available for a short time, however you can still watch the trailer below:
Transitions Dance Company 2020
Duet for One
Duet for One challenged entrants from TL’s String department to use their musical and digital skills to perform duets with themselves. Watch all the entries, including winner Hannah Littlechild’s rendition of Moz-art for 2 violins by Alfred Schnittke on TL’s YouTube channel.
The Well-Tempered Lockdown
Separated by geography, but united as a community in music, TL piano students all over the world came together using whatever instruments and recording equipment they had to hand to perform J.S Bach’s entire 48 Preludes and Fugues. Watch now
On 9 July, second-year undergraduates recreated and reimagined significant major works by prolific contemporary choreographers Lea Anderson, and Yvonne Rainer. Watch now
Into The Ocean: The Viola
Curated by James Layton, one of six winners of the inaugural TL Innovation Award, ‘Into the Ocean’ is an integrated concert and recording series showcasing the work of recent graduate composers.
Premiered on Fri 26 June, this solo performance by American violist Stephen Upshaw (Trinity Laban’s Richard Carne Junior Fellow for Individuals 2016-17) was reinvented for a digital audience.
The 30-minute programme included Georgina Bowden’s Yaban Arilar (Wild Bees) and Heather Stephenson’s Passacaglia, two new commissions specifically written for ‘Into the Ocean’ by TL alumni.
Olivia Fraser: The Oboe in Isolation
On Fri 22 May Olivia Fraser presented a unique concert of contemporary music streamed live from her home. The programme included Edwin Roxburgh’s astonishing Study 1, the piece which won her the Trinity Laban Gold Medal 2020 Audience Prize.
“I was keen to stay away from the traditional and to push myself to give the audience something more unusual. This is a mindset that I have no doubt came from studying in the innovative and creative environment that Trinity Laban fosters.”
MassHysteriaPresents: in this .net
TL Innovation award winners Mass Hysteria premiered their new dance work ,’in this .net’ on 14 May 2020. Bringing together 12 dancers online with music by Mass Hysteria’s founding member Monika Blaszczak, they explored our changing space and sense of touch, asking “does the cloud become a voyeur? Do you?”.Watch Now
Tunes From Home
Spearheaded by Head of Composition Dominic Murcott to keep spirits high, Tunes From Home saw a live stream or a live film made by a student, staff member or alum shared weekdays at 20.00 on our YouTube channel.
From My Room Orchestra
Strings department students and staff have come together to create the ‘From My Room Orchestra’, an online ensemble keeping our strings community alive through music while showcasing their technical mastery and resourcefulness – both important skills to have in an ever-evolving musical world.
The digital Orchestra united with leaders in contemporary music The Smith Quartet and three Trinity Laban dance artists to create a finale for our digital summer season. Recorded in bedrooms and living rooms across the world by our students and staff, the collaborative cross-arts performance of Glass’ 2nd string quartet Company unites our community.
Their first performance was an uplifting rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, which has had almost 20,000 views since its digital release in April:
From My Room Orchestra
Pachelbel's Canon in D
The Daryl Runswick Competition
One of our first ventures into the digital realm of performance, the annual Daryl Runswick Composition Prize had its digital debut on our TL YouTube channel on 27 March 2020.
TL Health at Home
It is important to us to support both the physical and mental health of our community. We commissioned some of our Trinity Laban Health practitioners to create home workouts including yoga for breath awareness, restorative stretching and pilates.Take Part
Ba2 Online Choreography Sharing
Our talented second year undergraduate dance students have shared their choreography work from the last 5 months online, creating a series of websites and social media accounts that showcase their creations.
Discover their channels:
As well as all of this, we have been asking our staff, students and audiences to share their artistic practices at home on social media using the hashtag #SelfIsolationCreation. We’ve had a huge amount of people joining in and have been so proud to see our community continue to collaborate and inspire during this time.