Many of our teaching staff are also researchers. Artists and teachers from Trinity Laban are developing innovative, collaborative projects which aim to push the boundaries of their art forms and promote the development of new artistic media. Students often study alongside Trinity Laban staff, researching topics related to staff expertise and creating support networks with common interests.
Trinity Laban supports a wide range of research-based activity including choreography and composition, performance, scenography and dance/music science, as well as encouraging interdisciplinary work, for example with film or technology. Some researchers pursue interdisciplinary work, combining practice with theoretical perspectives, such as looking at the cultural context of the creation and performance of work, and education and pedagogically-based work.
Recent research by staff at Trinity Laban falls mainly into the categories of:
Practice-led research in performance, composition and choreography, and with an emphasis on collaboration in all its forms. Recent commissioning for composers at Trinity Laban includes: London Symphony Orchestra; London Sinfonietta; BBC Symphony Orchestra; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; English National Opera; [rout]; Ex Novo ensemble; MusikFabrik; Canadian Sinfonietta; RepertorioZero; ELISION ensemble; Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik. Recent commissioning for Trinity Laban choreographers includes: The Royal Ballet; San Francisco Ballet; New York City Ballet; Paris Opera Ballet; Stuttgart Ballet; Australian Ballet; Nederlands Dans Theater; Probe Dance Company.
Trinity Laban staff have seen their work performed at numerous venues and festivals in the UK, including: Royal Opera House; Sadler's Wells; BBC Proms; ICA London; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Cheltenham Festival; Brighton Festival; Dance Umbrella; Cutting Edge Festival, British Dance Edition. Recent international performances include Tage für Neue Musik, Zürich; Weimarer Frühjahrstage für Zeitgenössische Musik; Wien Modern; Randspiele Berlin, Fabricca Europa, Florence. There have also been recent landmark recordings by Trinity Laban staff of the music of Peter Maxwell Davies, Philip Glass, Morton Feldman and Johann Baptist Vanhal in addition to new scholarly editions of the works of Frédéric Chopin and Thomas Tomkins.
Text-based research into music, dance and related artforms. Recent journal articles by Trinity Laban staff have been published in: Journal of the Royal Musical Association; Dance Research Journal; Opera Quarterly; Journal for the Philosophy of History; Psychology of Music; Musicae Scientiae; Neue Zeitschrift für Musik; Contemporary Music Review; Austrian Studies; Contemporary Aesthetics; International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media; Biological Psychology; Critical Horizons. Also recently published are monographs and book chapters for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Dance Books and Ashgate. See here for a list of recent publications.
Trinity Laban staff have recently given keynotes or invited lectures at: Institute of Musical Research, IAS London; Oxford University; Goldsmiths College; Southbank Centre; Sage, Gateshead; The British Academy; The Society for Dance Research; Royal Academy of Music; University of York; University of Huddersfield.
Performance and Dance Science (including research that interfaces with TL's large and acknowledged Public Engagement programme).