Other elements contributing to the thriving research culture at Trinity Laban are performances and events involving research students.
We regularly organise Creative Practice research student and staff showcases in our PARALLAX series.
Parallax 09 - Exercise: Les Noces
Sun 29 Jan 2017
The Asylum, Caroline Garden’s Chapel, London SE15 2SQ, 16.00-19.00h
Elena Koukoli (Trinity Laban PhD candidate)
Elena Koukoli’s Exercise: Les Noces pushes the limits of performance by interweaving music, dance and visual art. The work translates Bronislava Nijinska’s iconic ballet Les Noces to an installation of ‘ready-made choreographies’: replicated and re-performed artworks, design objects and video clips. Throughout the three-hour event, the audience is invited to watch and listen, move around, come and go as they please or even attend a self-defence class. Exercise: Les Noces expands the conventional verges of dance performance, introducing a durational installation that challenges the frames of both theatre and gallery.
Parallax 08 - Difference and Repetition
A showcase of new and recent works by current Trinity Laban staff and research students across the Faculties of Dance and Music, including live performances, installations, improvisations, multi-media projections and more.
With The Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Gregory Rose
Fri 2 Dec 2016
Trinity Laban at Blackheath Halls, 19.30h
Curated by Dr Sam Hayden and Dr Dominic Murcott
Difference and Repetition - after the title of GillesDeleuze's famous thesis - will be the 8th in the Parallax series at Trinity Laban.
Deleuze’s idea of Difference understands the identity of any given thing as constituted on the basis of the ever-changing network of relations in which it is found. For Deleuze, identity is a secondary determination, while difference, or the constitutive relations that make up identities, is primary. This important and influential idea has multiple applications to the materials and concepts of art, whether sonic, movement or otherwise, and our composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers and other artists have been invited to respond.
Parallax 07 - Moving as a thought process: An insight into mindfulness through dance and choreography
Wed 12 Oct 2016
Faculty of Dance, Lecture Theatre, 17.15-18.30h
Followed by drinks in the Laban Bar - all welcome!
Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell (Trinity Laban), Tara Silverthorn and Lucille Teppa
This work draws on Naomi, Tara and Lucille’s understandings and expertise acquired through a collaboration which began in 2007, within the frame of Lefebvre Sell’s Doctoral research, investigating how mindfulness meditation impacts the dance making process. Over a nine-year period, they have let this original research filter and settle through our individual journeys as artists, teachers and researchers before recently carrying out a new research project funded by Arts Council England which focused on developing a practice towards a greater sense of mindful engagement and creativity, enabling and empowering artists and young people to draw on these principles. Their findings will be presented, also proposing novel methods in making and performing dance.
Chair and mentor of the project: Prof Sarah Whatley, Professor of Dance and Director: Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University
Free and open to the public. External visitors are requested to book their place in advance by emailing the Research Administrator, Angela Kerkhoff, [email protected].
Parallax 06 - Contemporary interdisciplinary artistic practice
10 December 2015, Institute of Contemporary Arts
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will present an evening of new and recent work by current postgraduate students and staff, showcasing a diversity of contemporary interdisciplinary artistic practice, including composition and sonic arts, dance, visual arts and multi-media. The event will encompass multiple interpretations of the related concepts of spatiality and kinetics.
This project is the 6th in a series of performances whose theme renders the idea of the "parallax" – the separation of two points between which no synthesis or mediation is possible – in artistic practice.
Find further information here
Parallax 05 - Symposium on Musical Curating; Performances
6 February 2015, Institute of Contemporary Arts
The event at the ICA was curated by composer and Reader in Composition Sam Hayden in collaboration with the Trinity Laban Composition Department and the Trinity Laban Research Hub. The day featured a symposium on musical curating and a series of performances into the evening, with new and recent compositions by current Trinity Laban research students and staff.
This project was the 5th in this series of showcases whose theme renders the idea of the "parallax" – the separation of two points between which no synthesis or mediation is possible – in musical form. We combined compositions in a single evening event with incommensurate aesthetic positions where no common ground is possible. Yet it is precisely via the dialectical tension of such work that new syntheses become possible.
15.00h - symposium examining the topic of the curation of contemporary music today. Open to Trinity Laban staff and students.
From18.00h - sound installation pieces, including fixed-media electroacoustic works and live electronic performance, running continuously in the café area outside the auditorium.
19.30h - live evening performance
Trinity Laban Research Degree Programme students and staff composers were invited to submit pieces according to radically different traditions: either a Lachenmann-esque deconstruction of instruments or ensembles into timbre and noise, or a more ‘conventional’ harmonic approach in which the ensemble is treated as a more sonorous whole, following concepts often associated with minimalism or neo-classicism.
The evening consisted of a live evening concert in the ICA Theatre featuring performances of notated compositions for acoustic instruments performed by the Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group. The live pieces included diverse combinations of improvisational, live-electronic, electroacoustic and theatrical approaches.
Parallax 04 - My Mother's Tears
Charles Linehan and Ballet Boyz
3 October 2014, 17.00, Bonnie Bird Theatre, Trinity Laban
The piece mines Mike and Billy’s personal history of performing classical ballet mime from The Royal Ballet repertoire with unpredictable consequences. Individual phrases and gestures are presented with explanatory projected surtitles in a playful take on the lecture demonstration format.
Parallax 03 - Room & Road
12 and 13 September 2014, 18.30, Laurie Grove Performance Laboratory, Trinity Laban
Conceived and choreographed by Mateja Bucar, PhD candidate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, this was both a performance and an installation suggesting and realizing the idea or, better, a recognition that space should not be perceived as something static, passive or inactive but as 'equally alive, moving or active' as the dancers themselves.
Mateja won Trinity Laban's Lesley-Anne Sayers Research Award to develop her work Room & Road, a "duet of two spaces".
With grateful acknowledgment of support from the Cultural Department of the City of Ljubljana, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in London.
Find out more here: Room & Road
Parallax 02 - Body Material
On 18 - 19 September 2012 Parallax 02, the second in the series of showcases curated by Research Degree Programme Creative Practice students, took place at Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance, Laban Building:
April 2011 saw the first in a new series of events showcasing the work of Research Degree Programme Creative Practice students:
Performances, installations and an open discussion. Read more about PARALLAX 01.