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International Women’s Day

/ a 5 day celebration

In response to International Women’s Day 2021, we chose to curate a five day celebration of students, alumni and staff, as well as the artists that have inspired them.

Inspiring women talking about inspiring women.

We had three live performances by Hannah Littlechild, Tara Cunningam and Gabby Carberry, live interviews by Emily May with Alesandra Seutin, Krystal Lowe and Jemima Hoadley. We also caught up with Noelia Cotuna, as well as Natasha Britton.

Our celebrations continued with the support of #BC365 to release a series of short videos from students and alumni to find out about the artists that inspire them. Scroll down and explore all the videos.

Explore by scrolling down the pages, as well as via our social media channels. Happy International Women’s Day.


Emily May, alum of Trinity Laban’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance programme took over our Instagram story. Since graduating in 2017, she has been working as a dance writer and critic based in Berlin. As well as contributing to publications across Europe and America, Emily has also established her own online platform and podcast Terpsichore Magazine which celebrates women’s contributions to the development of dance as an art form.

“I’m so excited to have been invited by Trinity Laban to take over their Instagram channel today to celebrate International Women’s Day: expect lots of content celebrating women in dance, including a series of live conversations with inspiring women working in the dance sector, as well as a curated selection of images and links in the stories”

You can re-watch the interviews with Alesandra Seutin, Krystal Lowe and Jemima Hoadley on IGTV by clicking on each name.


A collage of pictures of dance performers and choreographers.


We were thrilled to bring you live music on our Instagram story from TL students.

〰️ Hannah Littlechild on violin
〰️ Tara Cunningham and Gaby Carberry

〰️ We also have a live set later this evening (12 march) with Tyné Angela Freeman, who’s set will include a live interview with Women in Jazz. 7pm.

Watch the sets again by clicking on each name.

A collage of pictures of musicians. One outside King Charles Court playing double bass, another sitting down in the sunshine playing bass. The final image is of a postgrad student smiling and playing violin

Interviews, and more from elsewhere

A Conversation with Noelia Cotuna

We caught up with TL alum Noelia Cotuna to find out about her career at Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the women that inspire her.

Winner of the 2019 Trinity Laban Soloists’ Competition, Noelia Cotuna has been awarded various prizes at international competitions. These include the 88th Concurso Juventudes Musicales – JM Spain and the EMCY Prize, North London Camac Harp Competition and ‘Suoni d’Arpa’ International Harp Contest. Since August 2019, Noelia has been a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where she currently works under the guidance of harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet. An experienced orchestral player, she has performed and toured extensively under the baton of renowned conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Zubin Mehta and Christian Thielemann, amongst others.

A Conversation with Natasha Britton

Passionate about training, mentorship and education, South East-based Parable Dance have created Inclusive practice is good practice. The free film resource is for students, graduates and early career dance artists, or teachers with an interest in inclusive dance practice.

Funded by the Arts Council England and supported by One Dance UK, South East Dance and Disability Arts Online, the film features 42 dance artists from around the UK, including representation from 23 inclusive dance companies. Ahead of the premiere, we spoke to Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Parable Dance, Natasha Britton, about the organisation and the new film.

More from students, staff and alumni

Dr Liliana Araújo
The Royal Borough of Greenwich focused their IWD celebrations on the local women who have shown strength, ingenuity and resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The list includes TL’s own Dr Liliana Araújo who has been recognised for her work leading a collaborative research project investigating the psychological impact of virtual learning and teaching within the performing arts in higher education.
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A Century of Music by British Women

BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour presented ‘A Century of Music by British Women’. The programme included a new work by TL composition professor Errollyn Wallen CBE, which commemorates the American abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner Sojourner Truth.

Listen again.


Rebecca Cohen on BBC Radio 3
Junior Trinity tutor Rebecca Cohen premiered Ella Jarman-Pinto’s Plango: A Cure Lament on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune as part of IWD celebrations. The new work for piano and soprano explores the emotional impact of the pandemic on women.
Listen again.
Ellen Taylor, Voice Magazine
Pianist and third-year undergraduate music student Ellen Taylor illuminated problems faced by many female musicians in today’s industry in an article for Voice Magazine.
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Oona Doherty wins The Silver Lion award

Venice Biennale recognises the TL alum’s ‘raw and unorthodox’ approach and ability to ‘communicate across boundaries’ in the 2021 Lion Awards for Dance.

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