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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.

Trinity Laban supports a broad range of research-based activity including choreography, composition, performance, pedagogy, performance design and performance science. We also encourage interdisciplinary work, often incorporating film or technology or combining practice with theoretical perspectives.

Practice-led research

Practice-led research is 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; RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; English National Opera; [rout]; Ex Novo ensemble; musikFabric; 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 Frederic Chopin and Thomas Tomkins.

Text-based research

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.

Keynote speaking

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.


Our main areas of focus within the art forms of music and dance are:

Creative Practice and/or Performance

Composition or choreography, with an emphasis on collaboration. Our staff researchers in this area include: Rosemary Brandt, Jonathan Clark PhD, Sophie Fuller PhD, Deirdre Gribbin PhD, Sam Hayden PhD, Hans Koller PhD, Charles Linehan, Dominic Murcott PhD, Paul Newland PhD, Nye Parry PhD, Gwyn Pritchard, Aleksander Szram DMA

Performance Pedagogy

Research that furthers teaching practice, including contextual and critical approaches. Our staff researchers in this area include: Jonathan Clark PhD,  Aleksander Szram DMA, Dario van Gammeren PhD

Performance Science

Investigating the impact of dance and music on health and well-being, optimising performance health and devising performer-specific training. Our staff researchers in this area include: Liliana Araújo PhD, Emma Redding PhD

Research that connects with our public engagement programme

Including developing ways of evaluating the use of dance and music in participatory settings and the development of artists and audiences. Our staff researchers in this area include: Jonathan Clark PhD, Rebecca Stancliffe PhD, Daniel Hartley PhD