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

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 Dr 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.

The full programme will be published soon.

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 Dr 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 a.kerkhoff@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

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  a.kerkhoff@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

Wed 1 Nov 2017
17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
Dr Liliana Araújo (Trinity Laban) and Dr 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
Dr Jonathan Owen Clark (Trinity Laban)
Practice-as-Research: Knowledge or Being?

Recent literature in the field of arts education regarding 'practice-as-research' revives much older ideas in philosophy about the distinction between two distinct types of knowledge. This talk will survey these developments, and argue that they ignore or elide some crucial aspects of the making and reception of artworks, which are recast as not simply the material product of knowledge-based processes, but as objects and phenomena with indeterminate agency.

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 7 Mar 2018
17.15h - 18.15h, Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre
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.  

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

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, two Research Lab Graduate Symposia are scheduled: 

Wednesdays 

  • 14 Sep 2017 (one-day symposium - Term 1)
  • 25 Apr 2018 (one-day symposium - Term 3)

Find programmes for these 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

Led by Dr Sam Hayden. Further meeting dates to be confirmed.

Open to Trinity Laban staff and research students only

 

Symposium
The Dancer's Mind

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

Led by Dr Emma Redding

Join us for an afternoon symposium where practitioners, researchers and students will challenge the measurement of creativity in dance. This symposium will include 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:

Presentations
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 

plus 

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)

The event is free but ticketed.

Workshop
Britten: Peter Grimes and Billy Budd

Thu 22 Mar 2018, 13.00-18.00 tbc, Faculty of Music, Peacock Room 

A workshop for Trinity Laban students with Prof J E Harper-Scott (Royal Holloway), Dr Jonathan Owen Clark (Trinity Laban) and naval historians from the National Maritime Museum.

Symposium
Choreology

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

Led by Rosemary Brandt

Details to follow.

Symposium
Voice and Politics 2018

Wed 23 May 2018, 13.00h-19.00h, Faculty of Dance

Led by Guy Harries

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.

Previously titled ‘Opera and Politics’, this symposium series includes presentations, a panel discussion and an opera-making workshop.

13.00-15.30 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 a.kerkhoff@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

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