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A decade of Object in Focus

Tue 23 April 2019

2019 sees the 10th anniversary of Trinity Laban’s partnership with the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

For 10 years Trinity Laban has been part of Object in Focus, an annual loans programme funded by Arts Council England which aims to improve access to the Horniman Museum’s collections. 

This year, the Conservatoire is hosting a pair of carved wooden step stilts from the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia that form part of the Museum’s core Anthropology collection.

At 37cm high, the anthropomorphic stilts would have originally been attached to 50cm high stilt poles using coconut fibre and used for ceremonial competitive racing as well as recreation.

These intriguing objects will be on display at the Laban Building until July and will provide the inspiration for a Community Festival of Dance at the Horniman Museum on Sunday 7 July.

On Wednesday 24 April Trinity Laban will host an informative talk given by curator Dr Sarah Byrne which will include her presentation on “Marquesan Stilts and reflections on Polynesian performance spaces”, as well as a Q&A.

Entry to the talk in the Laban Building Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 24 April is free. Email to reserve your seat.

To find out more about Trinity Laban’s partnership with the Musuem, visit our Horniman page.

Image courtesy of Horniman Museum and Gardens.