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Trinity Laban takes centre stage at BBC programming

Conservatoire to be at the heart of broadcaster’s 2015 arts programming

Dancers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are to take centre stage at the BBC’s newly launched ‘Year of Song and Dance 2015’.

Recently launched by BBC Director-General BBC Director-General Tony Hall, the events series explores the extraordinary power of song and dance across a whole spectrum of eras and styles.

A brand new BBC documentary, Strictly Modern Dance, will tell the story of contemporary dance through the journey of a group of Trinity Laban dancers. BBC cameras will follow the students as they encounter some of the most iconic modern dances from the last 100 years, and document the process as they come to perform and understand the ideas of the choreographers whose work challenged audiences, made history and revolutionised dance.

Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, who attended the launch event, said: “Strictly Modern Dance is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talent and quality to the world. I’m absolutely delighted that Trinity Laban has been selected to embody the wonderful world of contemporary dance, and open it up to a much wider audience.”

In May, the final of the inaugural BBC Young Dancer 2015 will be judged by a distinguished panel of experts including Trinity Laban professor Wayne McGregor and alumnus Matthew Bourne.

Later this year ‘BalletBoyz: The Talent’ will document the life and work of this ground-breaking independent dance company, which regularly includes Trinity Laban graduates.

Tony Hall, who is also a Trinity Laban Honorary Fellow, said: “BBC Four's Year of Song and Dance is everything I love about the BBC. Over the next 12 months we'll be offering everyone extraordinary access to some of today's great artists and performers, and we'll be working with the very best to inspire new talent right across the country.”

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