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Trinity Laban student selected for Sadler’s Wells Young Associates programme

Fri 23 February 2018

Wilhelmina Ojanen, who undertook her undergraduate training at Trinity Laban and is now a postgraduate student, is one of four emerging dance artists who have been chosen for the inaugural development scheme.

Competition was fierce for the two-year programme, which is specifically designed to support and nurture aspiring professional dancers. The four Young Associates will receive bursary support, individual mentorship, sessions with industry professionals, and the use of rehearsal space within Sadler’s Wells. For their first project, they will create a mixed-bill for the Lilian Baylis Studio theatre, forming part of the Sadler’s Wells 20th Anniversary weekend of celebrations in October.

On being appointed to the Sadler’s Wells programme, Trinity Laban student Wilhelmina comments –

“It’s amazing that such a prolific creative institution is offering support for young dancers. The opportunities I had to choreograph during my undergraduate at Trinity Laban helped me realise my passion for creating work as well as performing, and working with different creators as part of Transitions Dance Company has helped me to better understand what I’m asking my own dancers. I’m looking forward to continuing to develop my own unique artistic and choreographic voice through the Sadler’s Wells programme.”

The Finnish-born dancer and choreographer completed her BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban in 2017, before continuing on to the MA Dance Performance programme as a member of Transitions Dance Company. She is currently performing in the 35th Transitions international tour, taking a triple bill of innovative new work to professional venues in the UK and Europe.

To find out more, visit the Transitions tour page.

You can read our full interview with Wilhelmina, on the Trinity Laban blog.

For more information about the Young Associate programme, visit the Sadler’s Wells website.

To find out more about studying at Trinity Laban visit our dance pages.


Image: Wilhelmina Ojanen (Credit: Lidia Crisafulli)