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See tomorrow’s stars today this summer

Wed 17 April 2019

Trinity Laban’s summer season offers the perfect opportunity to catch future stars of music, dance and musical theatre on the cusp of their professional careers.


Following an international tour, Transitions Dance Company returns home to the Laban Theatre in June to present their brand-new triple bill of short, innovative dance works. Specially choreographed by Karole Armitage, Marina Collard and Hetain Patel the three pieces range from graceful to precision to the wry and mischievous.

In Dance Legends: Historical Project, second-year undergraduates perform significant major works by prolific contemporary choreographers including Alison Curtis-Jones’s Drumstick (2015), a re-imagination of Rudolf Laban’s ‘lost’ 1913 work. As the original piece preceded Laban’s notation system, published in 1928, and no film footage of photographic evidence exists, Curtis-Jones has devised a method to re-imagine Laban works to create a new ‘living archive’.

Trinity Laban Fulbright Scholar Roman Baca presents xxxx in the annual Graduate School Showcases, alongside other students’ experimental and often interdisciplinary work that has arisen from choreographic and performance-making research.

The finale of three years of contemporary dance training and choreographic research, Dance in Situ and Tomorrow’s Stars Today mark our 2019 graduates’ entry into the dance profession.

Trinity Laban is delighted to present Co Motion in May, a performance showcasing the achievements of young dancers with disabilities. This platform is a celebration of exciting dance works by young people from Greenwich, Lewisham and across the South East, and includes performances from the Conservatoire’s LINKED partners Candoco Dance Company, Magpie Dance and Greenwich Dance

Musical Theatre

The Musical Theatre Department presents three hit shows this summer, opening with the fabulously fun, award-winning musical Legally Blonde at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, before heading to Blackheath Halls for rock and roll inspired Bye Bye Birdie, which captures the energy of small-town American teenagers, and Bob Fosse and Neil Simon’s iconic Sweet Charity.

Venus Blazing

Trinity Laban continues its unprecedented year-long commitment to programming work by women this season with three exciting projects.

Ewa Strusińska conducts a celebration of three French composers for Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the year at Cadogan Hall on 28 June. The programme includes two intense and complex pieces by Lili Boulanger, as well as Henriette Renié’s Harp Concerto performed by the winner of Trinity Laban’s Soloists’ Competition 2019 Noelia Cotuna. Berlioz’s spectacular Symphonie fantastique brings the evening to a close.

Conducted by Gregory Rose, Trinity Laban’s Contemporary Music Group takes centre stage at The Albany in Deptford on 25 June for Roots, Riots, Remembrance, an evening curated by Soosan Lolavar celebrating the compositions of Trinity Laban staff including Deirdre Gribbin, Laura Jurd, Errollyn Wallen and Dominic Murcott.

In July, Trinity Laban Opera explores the pleasures and torments of romantic relationships through an extraordinary operatic double bill of Ana Sokolović’s effervescentsoulfully haunting Svadba for a cappella female voices,and Claudio Monteverdi’s expressive Lamento della Ninfa, performed in the intimate setting of the Queen’s House, Greenwich.


Brahms Focus, Trinity Laban’s concert series entirely dedicated to the music of Johannes Brahms, continues in May, whilst June sees New Lights, a three-day piano festival curated by professors Douglas Finch and Elena Riu that presents music of the avant-garde in all its multifarious incarnations.

Now in its fifth year, the Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival returns for summer 2019. Curated by Graham Anthony Devine, Trinity Laban’s Head of Guitar Studies, this year’s festival features workshops, masterclasses and performances from internationally renowned musicians including Roberto Aussel (Argentina) and Xuefei Yang (China).

Take part

For the summer season, Trinity Laban is out at various London venues including the Tate Modern and the Horniman Museum and Gardens engaging with the wider community and showcasing our work with younger performers.

Girls and Young Women in Jazz is an exciting day of free practical workshops for female instrumentalists and singers aged 11-25 who want to explore jazz. This year, jazz professionals Andrea Vicary and Sheila Maurice-Grey will be on hand to give advice.


Masterclasses are a unique chance to observe some the finest musicians in the world in action. This season, celebrated artists who will be working with Trinity Laban students include Principal Oboist of London Symphony Orchestra Juliana Koch, distinguished French pianist and recording artist Pascal Rogé, Principal Viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Trinity Laban visiting professor Aleksandar Milošev, and artists from the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.


Find out more and book tickets by visiting our What’s On page.

Image: Marina Collard’s many much, many much too many performed by Transitions Dance Company 2019, (credit: Rachel Cherry)