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An exploration of creative sound – CoLab

A series of exciting events are in store for the final week of CoLab

CoLab, the Trinity Laban student-led exploration of dance and music, is building towards the climax of the final big events.

The projects involves around 550 music students and 300 dance students who put together a performance over four to five days featuring a range of different genres including dance, jazz, blues and classical.

“The onus is on the students, and therefore it becomes very student-led and there’s a great, colourful vibe about it”, explains Joe Townsend, Creative Producer and Coordinator at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, “Projects range from two students in a room saying what their preferences are to students working across a wider spectrum involving African dance for example. The biggest project has 30 students in it, but we find there are often an optimum number for the groups since the smaller the groups the more people tend to have a greater contribution into the project.

“Each mentor who might propose ideas associated with projects that haven’t got a reciprocity of interest, or where the project takes a certain twist, such as one project where students cannot convey their ideas through speech but instead have to use body language and sign language.

“It’s about bring as many dance music students together as possible to experiment, be alternative, taking classical concepts and turn them into a unique piece of work.”

The Fifth Wall (Thu 19 Feb) brings together two projects that push artistic boundaries. The London Democratic Orchestra asks - what is the future for the orchestra? Musicians, dancers and a choreographer all work together with and without a conductor, from music and memory. And as a culmination of his week in residence, Michael Kliën introduces his Excavation Project, which sees him working with a large group of dance and music students.

Artists, students, academics and special guests participate in The Living Room from 9pm on Thursday - a live, lively debate broadcast LIVE on the Trinity Laban website. The Culture Capital Exchange’s Sally Taylor leads some of the country’s most creative minds in a discussion of the value of failure, and whether it should be celebrated and nurtured as part of creative growth.

On Friday 20 Feb (from 1pm) the Contemporary Strings Group takes over the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, with a concert of world premieres at the end of a highly focused, intensive workshop of new music for strings. Led by world renowned violist Rivka Golani, this concert will feature new compositions by Barnabus Dukay, Ben Paulden, Ken Paige, Fraser Bowles and Giorgi Janiashvilli.

And the two-week explosion of sound and movement wraps up on Friday evening with the CoLab Finale – a delightfully raucous celebration of dance and music at Blackheath Halls. The finale will be a giant ‘joining-in’ that features baroque, Hip Hop, Ceilidh, breaking bread, darkness, noise and – after all of that – a little silence and stillness.

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