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

The schedule below for 2018/19 is augmented throughout the year and includes evenings in the Parallax Creative Practice showcase series, Research Seminars and other events.

Research Degree Programme/MFA Week

18-22 March 2019, various venues in the Laban Building

A week of events for research and MFA students during which they share their work in progress. The programme is now confirmed and the research student presentations are open to the public.  Please contact the Research Administrator Angela Kerkhoff with any queries.



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

See a full list of past events: Parallax 01-11.

Parallax 12 - Moving as a thought process: studio development and creative encounters

Wed 21 Nov 2018, 17.15-18.15, Lecture Theatre, Laban Building

Through investigative practice involving stillness processes and relational moving, this artistic research, conducted by Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Tara Silverthorn and Lucille Teppa over an eleven year period, has fostered a methodology where a refinement of the “felt sense” (Gendlin, 2003) was embodied, articulated and documented. This has taken place through the writing and moving of scores, or ‘Pathways’; compositions of improvisational agreements/frameworks, designed collectively. All this has provided a framework for the consideration and examination of dance-making from a mindfulness perspective.

Naomi, Tara and Lucille will present a new film,developed in collaboration with Jason Brooks, which captures this work. The film exposes the research at a point in time, as well as reveals some of their engagement with various groups (Cando2, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Centre for Advanced Training). The presenters will share some of their current concerns, inviting questions and dialogue surrounding their practice.

Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Tara Silverthorn and Lucille Teppa

Chair and mentor of the project:
Prof Sarah Whatley, Professor of Dance and Director: Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University

Lottery Funded, Supported by Arts Council England

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.


Parallax 13: Melting, Shifting, Liquid World

16 Mar 2019, 17.30h, 19.30h, 21.30h, National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

With the Trinity Laban String Ensemble
Composer Hollie Harding 
Director/ Electric Viola Nic Pendlebury

The world premiere performances of Melting, Shifting, Liquid World on the iconic Great Map at the National Maritime Museum. This is a new immersive, site-specific piece written by composer Hollie Harding (PhD candidate Creative Practice, Music) for Trinity Laban String Ensemble and electric viola soloist Nic Pendlebury. The work explores themes of climate change and ocean pollution and includes a pre-recorded tape part delivered to the audience over bone-conduction open-ear headphones. Hear the composer talk about her work.

The Great Map, National Maritime Museum
Admission free, booking required 

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Please arrive at the National Maritime Museum Reception 20 minutes prior to the performance.


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.

Wed 07 Nov 2018

17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Rebecca Stancliffe
Video Annotation as an Analytic Practice

In the past few decades, film and video have become the go-to method of documenting contemporary movement practices. Affordable and easy to use, these technologies capture instant records of dance. Despite their ubiquity, however, video records have not removed the need, or desire, to conduct and in-depth analysis of dance. 

Since the late 1990s, a handful of researchers and artists have been exploring how artists’ practices can be articulated transmitted using video annotation. Annotation augments the visual data captured in video to draw out important details of dance and movement knowledge. Recent multi-media publications such as 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), and the Motion Bank scores (2013) use this method with the hope of attracting a broad readership for dance. Using examples from a selection of these multi-media publications, this seminar introduces annotation as a method of analysis that offers the possibility to challenge what is seen, analysed, interpreted and understood about dance.

Wed 28 Nov 2018

17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Prof Jonathan Owen Clark and Prof Louise H Jackson
Aesthetic Education and the Phenomenology of Learning

This talk is based on a chapter in the forthcoming edited volume Educational Futures and Fractures: Time and Space in the Neoliberal University (Eds. Breeze, Costa and Taylor). Here we problematise the current limitations of temporal consciousness in contemporary UK-based higher education that has manifested in an accelerated neoliberal present. This is firstly achieved through a phenomenological and pragmatist reading of meaning-formation, learning and temporal consciousness. Further to this, we adopt critical approaches from aesthetic theory and arts reception, and connect these to the positing of a suitable ‘aesthetic education’ that exposes and makes visible neoliberal narratives that are temporally and pedagogically suppressive, thereby linking the phenomenological with the political. We end by examining polylogical pedagogies, particularly in the arts, that are fundamental to ways of resisting and fracturing the foreclosure of potentiality in both learners and educators.

Wed 16 Jan 2019

17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Dr Dominic Murcott
How Long is a Piece of Music? Inventing the Harmonic Canon

The Harmonic Canon is a 42 minute work for a 1/2 tonne double bell plus an array of obscure metal percussion played by two percussionists. It’s becoming quite successful having already had a premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with a release on the nonclassical label and a tour coming up at Easter 2019. It appears to be engaging non-musicians as well as experimental music lovers and recently won a British Composer Award in the Solo or Duo category, beating 66 other entrants. This seminar explores the construction of the piece, considering the continual dialogue between artistic ambition and practical considerations. In particular, it will discuss questions of musical structure and the passing of time, and as a result engage both musicians and dancers alike.


Wed 06 Feb 2019

17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre

Prof Sam Hayden
Pre-compositional strategies and computer-mediated notation in the recent music of Sam Hayden

My recent acoustic instrumental works have all involved different solutions to the same broad initial compositional problem of how to enable the proliferation of diverse surface materials whilst maintaining an underlying formal coherence, through computer-assisted composition techniques created using OpenMusic. This presentation will discuss such techniques inherent in my pre-compositional strategies, focusing on recent works such as those written for Christopher Redgate and Cikada, ELISION, Quatuor Diotima and Ensemble MusikFabrik. I will also discuss my collaboration with Mieko Kanno investigating the real-time algorithmic generation of notation.


Wed 01 May 2019

17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre

Dr Becka McFadden & Mary Ann Hushlak
Dancing Between Memory and Built Space in Movement/Architecture

This practice-led talk will discuss the genesis and development of Beautiful Confusion Collective’s interdisciplinary and site-responsive project Movement/Architecture. Comprising both improvisational and choreographic strands, as well as accompanying sound, photography and video elements, Movement/Architecture emerged from Becka McFadden’s tenure as an artist-in-residence at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre (2015-2017). In the context of the building’s pending redevelopment, Movement/Architecture was first conceived as an embodied practice for storing, mapping and (later) evoking spaces with uncertain futures due to gentrification or dereliction. With examples from three years of working on the project across numerous sites, McFadden and Movement/Architecture dramaturg Mary Ann Hushlak will discuss the project’s dialogue with architectural theory, including works by Juhani Pallasmaa and Sam Jacob, as well as the emergence of a methodology informed by these perspectives, choreological practice and Ann Bogart’s and Tina Landau’s Viewpoints.

Movement/Architecture's initial period of research and development was supported by Arts Council England. The project has worked with Gočár Staircase at Open Air Program 2018 (Hradec Králové, Czech Republic) and University of London’s Senate House for the 2018 Being Human Festival (with support from University of London’s Leading Women programme). Work undertaken in Prague Creative Centre, a repurposed complex of Renaissance buildings adjoining Old Town Square, will be programmed as part of the 2019 Prague Quaddrennial.


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 20 Sep 2018.

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

  • Term 1: Wed 31 Oct 2018, 16.30-18.00, Faculty of Dance, Research Hub
  • Term 2: Wed 27 Feb 2019, 18.00-19.30, Faculty of Dance, Research Hub
  • Term 3: meeting date to be confirmed

Led by Prof Sam Hayden.

Open to Trinity Laban staff and students.

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 


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