15 Flashbacks & Flashforwards

Feeling like the year is racing ahead?

…that Time is surprisingly speedy?

…that the month of May is approaching quicker than Usain Bolt?

Well here’s your latest TL LIFE to keep you on track.


1. Marathon Madness

As the annual race took over London last weekend, our board member Sam Jackson was among the forty-thousand competitors running 26.2 miles in record temperatures to raise money for charity. Congrats Sam!

Have you got a Marathon story? Share it with us.


2. The next leg for Blackheath Halls

From May, London’s oldest purpose-built cultural complex will close to undergo a £3m refurbishment that will transform the Great Hall, foyer, bar and backstage facilities. Find out more.


3. Get your heart racing

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Ahead of new work Crave premiering at the Barbican this Autumn, Compass Commission artist Julie Cunningham is leading a workshop for recent dance graduates, theatre graduates and young dancers and actors exploring the interaction between text and choreography SUN 13 MAY 13.00 – 16.00h. Find out more and apply.


4. In it for the long-haul

The ORNCTL Chapel Choir flew to India for outreach work and a concert in Mumbai.


5. Keep track of Transitions

Our dance company are still enjoying life on the road. Read our interviews with Orion and alumnus and choreographer Hagit Yakira to get up to speed.


6. It’s a photo-finish as second years wow in their MT showcase

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2nd year showcase, over and out

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7. Don’t let Debussy pass you by

The FREE concert series Debussy and Beyond starts next week with Debussy & Spain THU 3 MAY, 19.30h Peacock Room and Ancient / Modern,  FRI 4 MAY, 13.05h ORNC Chapel. No ticket required.


8. Take a Mo to marvel at our Ming vase

The Laban Building is playing host to a Ming dynasty vase, on loan from the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The object is over 400 year old! Find out more.


9. Go forward Side by Side

“ Pillar Pair Three-Legged Race ”

Better than a three-legged race, TL Symphony Orchestra and vocal students join mentors from Welsh National Opera to perform a selection of operatic excerpts conducted by Jonathan Mann on FRI 4 MAY 18.00h at St Anne’s Church in Limehouse. Free, no ticket required. More info.


10. Speeding on to the stage

Congratulations to alumnus Charli Baptie who is performing in the ensemble and understudying role of Glinda in a tour of Wicked the Musical around the UK! In celebration, enjoy this Wicked-themed buzzfeed quiz to work out if you’re #TeamElphaba or #TeamGlinda.


11. Our dancers have been put through their paces


12. Break a sweat by getting involved at Breakin’ Convention

Dance Science alumnus Nefeli Tsiouti will be leading specialised workshop ‘Hip-hop Anatomy & Conditioning’ at the Breakin’ Convention festival SUN 6 MAY 10.30 – 12.00h. Find out more.


13. Warm up your week and sprint over to Vortext Jazz Club

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Jazz musicians from Trinity Laban – The Michael Shrimpling Quartet – will perform at one of the UK’s  premier jazz clubs on MON 30 APR in an International Jazz Day showcase of top student talent, enabled by celebrated bass player and bandleader Dave Holland’s new fund for talented young artists. Read more.


14. Look who we ran into

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Last week our current Chair, Harriet Harman presented journalist, politician, and former TL Chair Lord Lipsey with an Honorary Companionship of the conservatoire. Read more.


15. On your marks, get set, and go….to New Choreography Now


Round off this week in style by heading to the Laban Theatre to see our second year undergraduate students presenting two programmes of diverse and original choreographic work. THU 26 & FRI 27 APR  Laban Theatre 19.30h. Tickets £6 (£4). More info.


Despite the mad rush at this time of year, we think MT’s Kate Claussen has summed up how we feel:

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Trinity Laban, you have my ❤️

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And from our friends…


London Jazz x LSO

SAT 28 APR | 20.30h | LSO St Luke’s

Join LSO Jerwood Composer+ Emma-Jean Thackray, members of the London Symphony Orchestra, and artists from the London jazz scene for a boundary blurring performance that blends jazz, beats, rap, classical textures, electronic soundscapes, and roaring improvisation. Features selections of brand new music from Thackray’s upcoming release on The Vinyl Factory, as well as her intimate reimagining of Hello Skinny’s hypnotic dance album Watermelon SunBook tickets.


Company Chameleon: 10

TUE 1 MAY | 20.00h | The Place

National Dance Award nominees, Company Chameleon, rewind and fast forward in a new triple bill celebrating their 10th anniversary year. Book tickets.

National Dance Company Wales: Terra Firma

24 APR – 13 MAY | Various UK Venues

Witness a set of stories drawn from the very ground on which we build our communities. Characterful Atalaÿ draws on Mario Bermudez Gil’s Mediterranean roots and combines it with quirky theatricality. Resident Choreographer Caroline Finn’s Folk is a darkly whimsical vintage fairy-tale set in a rich fantastical world under the boughs of an upside-down tree, whilst her beautifully unsettling The Green House brings the outside in on a Wes-Anderson style TV set where the ‘stars’ are stuck in a never-ending loop. In Marcos Morau’s Tundra, ultra-modern creativity blinks into life and tears pages from Russian folk dance and revolution. More info and book.


Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

21 JUN – 7 JULY | Thamesmead & Woolwich

London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival is looking for volunteers of all abilities to participate in three exciting performance opportunities and a host of other volunteer roles! Bring giant puppets to life in processional performance Rise!, join the spellbinding large-scale dance theatre adaptation of Jonathan Harvey’s seminal play Beautiful Thing, or learn pigeon fancying as part of performance art piece Fly By Night, paying homage to WW1 military pigeons. To find out more, visit the festival website or email: Harry@festival.org

Something missing? Let us know and share your TL life with us.

Tag @TrinityLaban Email: r.donnelly@trinitylaban.ac.uk

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