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

The initial programme for 2019-20 below will be augmented throughout the year to include evenings in the Parallax Creative Practice showcase series as well as additional Research Seminars and other events.

Research Seminars

Seminars usually take place on occasional Wednesdays from 17.15-18.15 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.

Autumn 2019

Wed 6 Nov 2019

17.15-18.15, Lecture Theatre, Laban Building

Tim Palmer
Virtuoso Soloists’ views of Higher Music Education

Details to follow.


Wed 4 Dec 2019

17.15-18.15, Lecture Theatre, Laban Building

Ann van Allen Russell
Cultural Economics and Music Business: The Bach-Abel Subscription Concerts, 1773-1775

The production and consumption of culture has been a central theme for researchers of the long eighteenth century (including Simon McVeigh, John Brewer, Robert D. Hume, and Susan Staves). However, a facet of historical music business practices in eighteenth-century Britain that receives limited attention is that of subscription concerts. Neglect of this area is not altogether surprising; there is a lack of extant accounts and other documentation associated with the running cost of subscription concerts. Account books held at the Royal Bank of Scotland Archives in Edinburgh associated with a ‘Subscription for a concert under the direction of Messrs Bach and Abel’,  however, provide a rare opportunity to look inside the books of one of the most prestigious, and significant musical business ventures in late eighteenth-century London: the concert series run by two of its most formidable musicians, Johann Christian Bach and Carl Fredrick Abel. 

This paper draws on new thinking put forward by Hume on the buying power of money and the employment of spread-figure (‘a basket of goods’) multipliers to convey more realistic approximations of value. Hume’s work applies this methodology to books, collections of plays, and chapbooks; I have extended this in a new direction to concerts, and with the existence of the Bach-Abel account books there is an exciting opportunity to apply and test this methodology with one of the most popular concert series of the era. This paper argues that these underexplored financial documents in tandem with Hume’s spread-figure multipliers provide a new and significant perspective and understanding of the economic realities of cultural production and consumption in eighteenth-century musical life, revealing that there were prominent musical entrepreneurs catering to the 1%.

Spring 2020

Wed 15 Jan 2020

17.15-18.15, Lecture Theatre, Laban Building

Jamieson Dryburgh
Collective entanglements: An exploration of collective effort in the dance technique class

In the dance technique class learners influence each other. Consequently, learning can be conceived socially as both an individual and collective process. In this paper the teacher/researcher exploresthe significance of peers in the studio-based process and how, through body interaction, ways of being with fellow learners builds learning communities. Collective effort (hooks 1994) is discussed as the means through which learning is stimulated by the contribution of all participants. The teacher/researcher expands on the deliberate ways in which collective effort has been privileged in the classroom through attentive-peer-observation of materials-in-common. Time spent at the side, not dancing, when students are dancing the materials in groups afford opportunities for learning through attentive peer observation. As such self-directed and inquiry-oriented learning is enabled through shared exploration of materials in particular and distinctive ways.

Learning collectively is to engage in acts of recognition of one’s peers that can expand, provoke and inspire embodied knowing. This can redefine the power hierarchies that may exist in the dance technique class. Through the utilisation of attentive peer observation, the learner might become aware of the reciprocity involved in seeing and being seen by peers. The discussion develops by considering the influence of behaviours by peers that are not perceived as contributing to collective effort. Disengagement is reflected upon as agential dissent.

Weaving through this pedagogical exploration are ideas about social interaction as interrelated threads of lives lived along lines (Tim Ingold 2011). As students learn together, they knot and tangle and enmesh. It is suggested here that through the torques and tension of threads as they pull away from each other that the vitality of the meshwork is realised. It is this vitality that is generated through the entwined influence of peers in the dance technique class.

See a full list of past events: Research Seminar Series: Archive


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

Recent Events:

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, 17.30, 19.30, 21.30, 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.


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

Other Research Events 

Research Degree Programme/MFA Week

16-20 March 2020, 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 will be available in Febraury 2020. The research student presentations will be open to the public.  Please contact the Research Administrator Angela Kerkhoff with any queries.

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 18 Sep 2019.

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 30 Oct 2019, 16.00-18.00, Faculty of Dance, Research Hub
  • Term 2: meeting date to be confirmed
  • Term 3: meeting date to be confirmed

Led by Prof Sam Hayden.

Open to Trinity Laban staff and students.

Professional Development Events for Researchers 

Trinity Laban offers an extensive programme of professional development events for research students and staff.



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.