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Trinity Laban July Alumni Round-Up

Thu 8 August 2019

Our monthly round-up of some of the successes for Trinity Laban alumni

Alum Stefan Đoković, who studied classical voice, is emerging as a respected talent in the world of fashion design. In June he received the Upcoming Star Award at the My Global Fashion Awards in Split, Croatia and in July he was named Best Haute Couture Designer at Dubai Fashion Week where he presented his Royals collection. Đoković describes his style as “fashion through the monocle of a musician.” He commented –

“This approach, which is unique, was interesting to the audience. Maybe people were fed up with dry views of what fashion is and has to be, and they simply responded positively to my fresh approach.”

Fellow vocal alum, counter-tenor Christopher Robson,performed at the Museum of Peoples in Schwaz, Germany as guest soloist alongside EUPHONIE Vocal Ensemble in a musical and literary exploration of 19th Century German court life through a cappella song.

Guitarist Oscar Jerome and drummer Femi Koleoso, graduates from our jazz programme, are star performers in Stella McCartney’s new All Together Now campaign and performed live at its Milan Fashion Week launch. They will be on tour in the UK and Europe with the campaign throughout Autumn.

Violin alum Marta Ramírez García-Mina was a finalist of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, playing with duo partner pianist Eloy Orzaiz Galarza as ‘El Parnasillo’. Their performance, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, included works by J.S. Bach, Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, Francisco Corselli and W.A. Mozart.

Following a series of sell-out performances in October 2018 with Sadler’s Wells Young Associates in the Lilian Baylis Studio, Transitions Dance Company graduate Wilhelmina Ojanen performed in the main theatre at Sadler’s Wells in a bold and ambitious programme of pieces under the guidance of New Wave Associate Hetain Patel.

Dance alum James Pett was among the eagerly-awaited guest tutors at the International Dance Association’s (IDA) Campus 2019 festival in Ravenna, Italy. IDA is a reference point for dance schools, companies and practitioners around the world, awarding certification and focussing on classic, modern jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. Pett has previously toured in the UK and internationally with the Richard Alston Dance Company and Company Wayne McGregor.

The 5th Dance and Somatic Practices Conference was held at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University in early June and featured a host of Trinity Laban alumni. Rosana Barragan, Katye Coe, Thomas Kampe, Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Tara Silverthorn, Cleo Tabakian and Lucille Teppa were involved in the varied programme of panels, workshops and discussions. The conference explored the key themes of spirituality, body and environment, pedagogy and performance, politics and trauma, screen-dance and dance science through somatic movement.

Dancer Daisy Harrison was announced as one of four women leading Barbican Theatre Plymouth’s FUSE Diverse Dance project. She will work with lead practitioner and choreographer Suzie West over the next twelve months to direct a programme that brings together diverse communities, local dancers and guest choreographers to share and fuse dance styles and create new performances. Harrison also works with The Prism Project, a performing arts programme for children.

Two dance alumni, Zoi Dimitriou and Rachel Erdos, gave working seminars at Kinitiras, a centre for dance in Athens, Greece. Dimitriou, currently a tutor of Contemporary Technique and Choreography at Trinity Laban, undertook a week of research for her upcoming production, inviting professional dancers to join her with a view to future collaboration. In the framework of this research, a workshop for invited professional dancers will be held, with the prospect for future collaboration.

Tel Aviv-based independent choreographer Rachel Erdos gave four days of intensive movement workshops, open to the public, in which she encouraged participants to find their own creative voice and movement material using choreographic tools, improvisation and contact work.

Dance alum Yanaëlle Thiran performed in Dance West and Creative Youth’s Emerging Dance Platform at Rose Theatre in Kingston. Her group Company Concentric, formed while studying at Trinity Laban, gave a quirky dance-theatre performance with live musicians featuring music by Cécile Chaminade.

Musical Theatre graduate James Darch is appearing as Brad Majors in the national tour of Rocky Horror Show, which runs until October 2019.

This month, composition alum Cassie Kinoshi‘s SEED Ensemble was nominated for the Mercury Prize 2019 for debut album Driftglass. The album features jazz alumni Sheila Maurice-Grey, Chelsea CarmichaelJoe Armon-Jones and Cherise Adams-Burnett.


Don’t Miss…

Peter Edwards directing his first BBC prom at the Royal Albert Hall. The Nu Civilisation Orchestra, BBC singers, Carleen Anderson and the UK vocal assembly will be performing a selection of works from Duke Ellington’s masterpiece.

Prom 54: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert
22:15 | THUR 29 AUG 2019
Royal Albert Hall, London


Sam Jewison and his orchestra will be taking over the late night shows at the The New Generation Festival in Florence.

The New Generation Festival Late Show
23:30 until closing every night | WED 28 – SAT 31 AUG 2019
Palazzo Corsini Al Prato, Florence