Transfer Laban - AHRC Funded Architecture-Dance Project

(with Wolfgang Weileder-Newcastle University, Charles Linehan, Jonathan Owen Clark)

13-24 Jun 2016

Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5JJ

The facade of the Laban Building in Deptford (Herzog & de Meuron, 1997) is being re-created as a performance time-based sculpture by artist Wolfgang Weileder (Professor of Contemporary Sculpture, University of Newcastle) in collaboration with Charles Linehan (Reader in Choreography, Trinity Laban) and Jonathan Owen Clark (Head of Research, Trinity Laban).

Through a process of simultaneous construction and deconstruction, the 40m long facade appears section by section as the structure slowly moves across Montgomery Square until it is completed, each section only visible for a single day over the 2-week project period. The process of construction and deconstruction is recorded using time-lapse video and long exposure photography.

As part of the project, dance students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will create a series of performances in response to the work.

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Symposium: Imagery and Creativity in Performing Arts

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Wayne McGregor R-Research Department have established a partnership to develop a joint dance science research project to study the creative process in dance.

Several experimental pilot studies at Trinity Laban have been conducted in the last year, discussions with staff and students organised, and a large grant application is in the early planning stage.

As part of the partnership, Trinity Laban and WM|RD co-hosted a one-day interdisciplinary seminar for invited guests only. The seminar: "Imagery and Creativity in Performing Arts: decision making, problem solving and breaking habits" took place at Trinity Laban in London on 19 October 2012. Drawing on a convergence of expertise in three scientific areas of research, the focus of the seminar drew on approaches in clinical psychology, sports psychology, cognitive and neuroscience where the study and applied use of imagery has progressed significantly in the last decade.

The aim was to seek synergy in comprehending methods and approaches that might help us to better study, understand and augment the connection between imagery and creativity, particularly in the context of dance-making. In order to optimise the opportunity for this synergy, we invited three experts to give a 30 minute presentation:

  • Dr Nichola Callow, Bangor University, Imagery and sport: Research from the repetitive;
  • Professor Emily Holmes and Dr Martina di Simplicio, University of Oxford, Feeling through the mind's eye; and
  • Professor Sophie Scott, University College London, Representations and images of the voice.

In addition to the three presentations, there were also small group round table discussions and a final plenary.

Trinity Laban and Random Dance hope that this event is the start of a fruitful research exchange between the two partners and the dance community at large that will progress well into the future.

Image: Paul Hampartsoumian 

Presentation at Cognition Institute, University of Plymouth

As part of this ongoing research strand of the Trinity Laban partnership with Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Tony Thatcher and Emma Redding were invited to give a presentation at the new Cognition Institute, University of Plymouth as part of the institute's first symposium on mental imagery and creativity on 20 March 2013.

The aim of Tony and Emma's presentation was to share a choreographic process which incorporates touch and score in order to pose questions around that process in relation to existing reference on dance imagery. The Random Dance researchers Professor Jon May, School of Psychology at University of Plymouth, Phil Barnard (formerly at the Medical Institute for Cognition, Cambridge University) and Scott deLaHunta also participated in the Symposium.

Nancarrow in the 21st Century

Southbank Centre / Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
London UK

To mark the centenary of Conlon Nancarrow's birth, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance hosted a conference at London's Southbank Centre to coincide with Perfect Constructions: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, a two-day festival. The theme of the conference on 21 and 22 April 2012 was the exploration of contemporary practice and thinking in relation to Nancarrow's original ideas.

For details please see separate page here

Without Warning

Without Warning is a piece of contemporary live theatre combining dance and live music inspired by Brian Keenan's compelling account of four and a half years in captivity.Following sell-out premier performances at Laban Theatre in November 2010, Without Warning Company re-sat the work for two weeks at the Old Vic Tunnels from 31 January to 11 February 2012. Read more about Without Warning.

Symposium: Passion, Pathways and Potential in Dance

A symposium in October 2011 presented the findings of a major national research project into dance talent development

Are you interested in training the dancers of tomorrow? Do you want to know more about dance talent development? Read more about Symposium: Passion, Pathways and Potential in Dance.


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