The Research Department regularly organises research seminars, symposia and other events.

The schedule below for 2017/18 is augmented throughout the year and includes evenings in the Parallax Creative Practice showcase series, Research Seminars and other events.


Parallax is the Trinity Laban staff and Creative Practice research student showcase series.

See a full list of past events: Parallax 01-09.

Parallax 10 - Sound and Movement

Fri 01 Dec 2017
Trinity Laban at Blackheath Halls, 19.30h
Curated by Prof. Sam Hayden and Dr Dominic Murcott 

This showcase of new and recent works by current Trinity Laban staff and research students across the Faculties of Dance and Music includes live performances, installations, improvisations, multi-media projections and more. 

With The Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Gregory Rose.

Free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Parallax 11 -  Peregrinations

Wed 31 Jan 2018
17.00h-18.30h, Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Dance
Zoi Dimitriou and Prof. Jonathan Owen Clark 
present extracts on film from Zoi’s latest project Peregrinus, to be followed by a discussion around the research process.

The English term 'pilgrim' originally comes from the Latin word peregrinus, which means a foreigner, a stranger, someone on a journey, or a temporary resident. It can describe a traveller making a brief journey to a particular place or someone settling for a short or long period in a foreign land. Peregrinatio was the state of being or living abroad. 

Peregrinus is the latest site-specific performance/installation by artist and choreographer Zoi Dimitriou, which explores the act of walking, and of being ‘abroad’, for performer and audience alike.

What if the starting point for this journey is refusal? Walking defines a direction but the end point is never achieved. What if the contemporary invitation is not to leave your bed and walk but to pick up your bed and walk? In other words, to take with us in our mobility an anomalous stillness; and to walk alongside our supine, horizontal and impulsive selves. Each new step a fall or a stumble, caught up, recovering, in dance.

Free and open to the public. External visitors who would like to attend are requested to book their place in advance by contacting the Research Administrator, Angela Kerkhoff, at

Research Seminars

Seminars usually take place on occasional Wednesdays from 17.15h-18.15h and are followed by drinks in the Laban Bar - all welcome!

Free and open to the public. External visitors who would like to attend are requested to book their place in advance by contacting the Research Administrator, Angela Kerkhoff, at

Wed 1 Nov 2017
17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Dr Liliana Araújo (Trinity Laban) and Prof. Emma Redding (Trinity Laban)
Musicians' health and wellbeing: a consequence or an enhancer of music making?

Performers’ health and wellbeing is often considered in relation to performance-related problems or injuries and as a lateral issue in the education and training of performers. Empirical and experiential evidence points to high prevalence of physical (e.g. musculoskeletal injury and pain) and psychological (e.g. anxiety and depression) problems among musicians. However, how equipped musicians are to tackle these challenges is yet to be fully investigated. This presentation will focus on recent findings on musicians’ health and wellbeing from Musical Impact, a Conservatoires UK study on musicians’ mental and physical fitness to perform. In particular, we will report on 1) the physical and mental demands of music making, and on 2) current levels of wellbeing, perceived health, and health-promoting behaviours of higher education music students. Supported by this recent evidence, we will discuss the value of health and wellbeing has an enhancer of performance, and the need for whole-systems and shared responsibility approaches to increase health literacy in the conservatoire sector. 

Wed 29 Nov 2017
17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Dr Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban)
Music, Community, and Healing in the English Country House During the First World War

During the First World War, many stately homes were converted into hospitals to treat British and dominion soldiers. At the forefront of activities in which soldiers engaged to occupy time, boost morale, and foster healing while convalescing was music. While soldiers—English and dominion alike—were certainly accustomed to singing and listening to musical performances at the front, the raucous musical and social worlds they brought with them was new to the formerly-elite space of the Edwardian country house.

Previewing Dr Meinhart’s monograph-in-progress of the same title, this seminar will showcase music’s role in recasting these stately homes as centres of community building and healing for soldiers and civilians. Drawing on country house sheet music collections, soldiers’ and civilians’ life writing, and hospital gazettes, it will focus on two houses in Wiltshire, Stourhead and Longleat to highlight the collision of these musical and social worlds of the trench and country house. It will demonstrate music’s seminal role in the formation of new transnational and trans-class communities of British and dominion Tommies, hospital staff, and family members (particularly ladies of the houses)—networks that not only disrupted the elite pre-war musical world of the Edwardian parlour, but also that complicated former boundaries of class, gender, and empire. Finally, music’s role in the remembrance of wartime caregiving and healing experiences in these spaces will also be addressed.

Wed 17 Jan 2018
17.15h-18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Prof. Jonathan Owen Clark (Trinity Laban)
Digital Art and Historicity

This seminar will embark with a discussion of recent attempts to create art based on machine-learning, big data and informatics. In developing an ethical critique of such projects, the focus will on those mechanisms of the production and reception of art that are resistant to automation, which leads to a discussion of artworks considered not merely as aesthetic objects, but as historical objects as well.

Wed 21 Feb 2018
17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Dr Patricia Holmes and Janet Munro (Trinity Laban)
Investigating Awareness and Incidence of Acid Reflux among UK Conservatoire Student Singers

There is mounting evidence that a relatively high incidence of Acid Reflux occurs among conservatoire singers, compared with other student musicians. This is of some concern, since the tissues of the larynx and oesophagus are not equipped to deal with stomach acids and the damage resulting from chronic reflux can cause ongoing problems, which manifest as serious vocal, and other long term health issues. Based on the literature, we hypothesized that performer lifestyle and possibly technical strategies and practice may be contributory factors. Through a qualitative, semi-structured interview format we examined student awareness of the symptoms, and possible long-term effects of severe and/or chronic reflux, and sought to identify possible indicators of susceptibility, together with exploring students’ perceptions of their own anxiety levels.

Data from the interview study revealed that both lifestyle choices and breath management strategies appear to be contributory factors in causing higher than average levels of reflux. All participants recognized the significance of diet as a causative factor and the two with highest reflux scores reported suffering from stress and anxiety. All knew that reflux is a significant issue for singers, but none understood the full implications of the symptoms and how these might affect the singing voice.

We highlighted a general lack of awareness of the significance of symptoms of reflux, including correlations between stress and reflux, breath management strategies and reflux and poor lifestyle choices, including diet and sleep patterns. Anxiety also may encourage upper chest breathing, whereas lower abdominal breathing appears to mitigate against symptoms of reflux. We hope that through further similar research these findings might inform more enlightened training methods.

This study formed part of the recent UK Conservatoires Musical Impact Project.

Wed 2 May 2018
17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Prof. Gwyn Pritchard (Trinity Laban)
'Lost in the Forest': Pathways in the Creation of an Orchestral work

'Forest', Pritchard's most recent orchestral work, received its premiere in Germany on April 8th. In this seminar the composer will focus on some of the ideas that lay behind its conception, and examine some of the techniques by which its materials were generated. These concerns will, briefly, be placed within the context of two previous orchestral works, and, more broadly, within the wider range of stylistic references that have informed Pritchard's work over the last 30 years.

This seminar will be rescheduled in 2018-19:
Rebecca Stancliffe (Trinity Laban)
Video Annotation as an Analytic Practice

In the past few decades, film and video have become the go-to mode of documentation for contemporary movement practices. Affordable and easy to use, they facilitate instant access to a record of dance work. Such records have not, however, removed the need, or desire, to conduct in-depth analysis and, for a handful of practitioners, research into capturing and transmitting metastable concepts are ongoing. Media publications have emerged in the past twenty years that strive for potentiality in how artists’ practices are transmitted, and how they may be accessible to heterogeneous audiences. These include Improvisational Technologies (Forsythe et al. 1999), Double Skin/ Double Mind (EG|PC 2004) Material for the Spine (Paxton and Contredanse 2008), Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced (Forsythe and OSU 2009), the Motion Bank scores (2013). These publications make use of video annotation as a methodological tool or method of visualisation to foreground choreographic thinking and knowledge.

This presentation examines video annotation as an alternative method of dance analysis. Drawing examples of graphical and indexical annotations from a selection of media publications and reporting on case study findings that examines the process of annotation from a first-person perspective, the positive and negative analytic affordances of dance annotation are discussed. It is argued that annotation, as a support for extended cognition, offers the possibility to challenge what is seen, analysed, interpreted and understood about movement and dance.  


Other Research Events 

Research Lab

Sessions in this module on Research Methodologies for M-level students across both faculties run weekly throughout the year. Topics covered include research methodologies, practice-as-research, collaboration, documentation & archiving and much more. 

As part of the module, a one-day Research Lab Graduate Symposium is scheduled on 14 Sep 2017.

Find programmes for this and details of all other, weekly sessions on Moodle/Research

Open to Trinity Laban M-level and research students only 

Research Group

Sound and Movement Research Group, 16.00h-18.00h

  • Wed 8 Nov 2017, Faculty of Dance, Research Hub
  • Wed 9 May 2018, Faculty of Dance, Research Hub: guest presentation by Dr Liliana Araújo on Performance Psychology: shared themes and applications in Music and Dance.

Led by Prof. Sam Hayden.

Open to Trinity Laban staff and students.

The Dancer's Mind

Thu 7 Dec 2017, 14.30h-18.30h, Faculty of Dance

Led by Prof. Emma Redding

An afternoon symposium where practitioners, researchers and students challenge the measurement of creativity in dance. This symposium includes presentations, panels, duels and debates as well as an opportunity to hear about the findings of a 3-year longitudinal experimental study into mental imagery and creativity in contemporary dance led by Plymouth University, Coventry University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 

The programme includes:

A Duel: Can Creativity be Measured?
Speakers: Prof. Jon May V. Dr Kerry Chappell

In the Dancer’s Mind Project Overview and Context
Speakers: Prof. Sarah Whatley and Dr Emma Redding

Cognitive Thinking in Choreography / PACT
Speaker: Dr Philip Barnard

In the Dancer’s Mind Project Findings and Implications
Speaker: Prof. Jon May

PhD Studies Associated with the Project
Speakers: Dr Lucie Clements, Rebecca Weber and Klara Lucznik 


Practical Cognitive Task
The Imagination Game
Facilitator: Amanda Gough 

Practical Session
Imagery-based Movement Generation Class
Facilitators: Clare Baker, Katye Coe and Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell 

Panel Discussion
Student and Practitioner Panel – Experiences and Reflections
Facilitator: Dr Sara Reed; Panel: Katye Coe, Clare Baker, Amanda Gough, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell

Download the full programme (pdf)  


Mon 19 Mar - Fri 23 Mar 2018
Trinity Laban RDP and MFA students share their work in progress during a week of presentations and other research events.
External visitors: sessions open to the public are highlighted in the schedule. Please email to book your place. 

Download the schedule (pdf)

Britten: Peter Grimes and Billy Budd

Thu 22 Mar 2018, 14.00-17.00, Faculty of Music

A workshop with Prof J P E Harper-Scott (Royal Holloway), Prof Jonathan Owen Clark (Trinity Laban) and naval historian Christine Riding (Queen's House, Royal Museums Greenwich). The programme includes a vocal Masterclass on Britten with Robert Alderson, a lecture on visual representations of naval mutinies by Christine Riding, and a lecture by Prof Harper-Scott on 'History and Violence in Billy Budd'.

Free and open to the public: external visitors are requested to email to book a place. 

Choreological Practice as a Research Methodology

Wed 18 Apr 2018, 13.30h-17.45h, Faculty of Dance

Presenters include Alison Curtis Jones, Olga Masleinnikova, Ellen Jeffrey, Tina Krasevec and Sylvie Robaldo

By experiencing how movement is organised we become aware of our own structures in relationship to our environment. By perceiving natural affinities and choreological order we can notice when we choose to break those structures and recognise how these choices and practices lead to distinctions in the embodiment of aesthetics. By understanding how we can commit energy to achieve intention we can explore the expressive potential of movement, opening up a vast array of possibilities. These practices of embodiment start to reveal to us our preferences, our affinities, and our habits. This knowledge can make our practices conscious and also open up ways to enhance and challenge them. 

This event explores contemporary developments of Rudolf Laban's principles and in particular, choreological practices as research methodologies that support the communication of practice-as-research as well as research into artistic and pedagogical practice. In challenging existing thinking of Laban's work as analysis, the Choreological Studies team at Trinity Laban have developed, taught, and promoted creative embodied practice through their work. Frameworks for perceiving and understanding movement are not taught as schema but as ways of attending to the experience of moving and creating movement in various fields. Knowledge as experienced by the mover promotes understanding of the medium we work in, providing a specific lens for observing practice and understanding our decision making as artists, whether that artistry is articulated through pedagogy, performance, movement direction, dramaturgy or choreography. 

Presentations will demonstrate how choreological methodology generates, informs and enables rigorous research, and in particular will focus on the following questions: 

  • What fields of study can be supported by Choreological Practice as a methodology? 
  • How can Choreological Practice facilitate and articulate artistic practice? 

Free and open to the public but ticketed.

Opera and Politics 3: Historicity

Wed 23 May 2018, 12.30h-19.00h, Faculty of Dance

Led by Guy Harries and Prof Louise Jackson

This research event explores the performing voice (singing, speaking, uttering) in socio-political contexts. Theorists and practitioners will be discussing concepts of agency, power and resistance manifested in the voice in a range of performative situations.

Part of the Opera and Politics series, this symposium includes presentations, a panel discussion and an opera-making workshop.

12.30-15.30 Opera making workshop, Studio 5

16.00-19.00 Presentations and panel discussion, Lecture Theatre

Free and open to the public.

External visitors who would like to attend events that are open to the public are requested to book their place in advance by contacting the Research Administrator, Angela Kerkhoff, at

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