Trinity Laban Autumn 2017 Season

2 Aug 2017

Alexander Whitley (credit – Johan Persson)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced its 2017 autumn dance season at world class performance space, the Laban Theatre.

The Farm presents: Cockfight

Tue 3 & Wed 4 Oct – 19:30

A cross between The Office and a cage-fight, Australian style. Straight from their critically acclaimed performances in Australia, The Farm, in association with Performing Lines & NORPA (Australia) and Dance Touring Partnership, presents the first UK tour of Cockfight, an exhilarating duet of extreme physical theatre that explores male behaviour and intergenerational conflicts.

We think dance is a young person’s game. What happens when someone higher up the food chain weakens and is ready to be taken down? Cockfight is a work for two performers – Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson – developed by The Farm in partnership with guest artist Julian Louis; a powerful and dangerous physical performance (The Australian, said “… the work is physical theatre at its most extreme…”), the duet is woven around the lives of two men from different generations, trapped in an all too familiar and universal environment – the office.

Alexander Whitley: 8 Minutes

Fri 6 & Sat 7 Oct – 19:30

Space exploration ignites our imagination and re-shapes how we understand ourselves and our place in the universe. Fresh from a sell-out at Sadler’s Wells, Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from the stunning images and data produced by solar research scientists from STFC RAL Space for his new work. With a specially created score by electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl and an installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner, 8 Minutes creates a striking and immersive environment of dance, music and film.

A former Choreographic Affiliate of The Royal Ballet and commissioned by Rambert, BalletBoyz, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Candoco, Alexander has developed a rapidly growing reputation for ambitious and intricately crafted work including his 2016 groundbreaking interactive digital work, Pattern Recognition, which was presented at the Laban Theatre in 2016.

Hagit Yakira: Free Falling

Thurs 12 Oct – 19:30

Award-winning Hagit Yakira presents Free Falling, a double bill that’s sensual and striking. Based on her experience as a therapist, Hagit Yakira creates powerful and atmospheric dance that eloquently uncovers real life experiences about the common uncertainties we share.

Air Hunger is an emotive and breath-taking duet, faultlessly composed with demanding choreography that leaves the dancers gasping for air. Free Falling looks at the fear of falling, failing, and the ambition to recover, performed by four virtuoso performers that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Charlotte Spencer Projects: Is This A Waste Land?

Fri 13 – Sun 15 Oct – 17:00; Fri 20 – Sun 22 Oct – 17:00

A Compass Commission by The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership and part of Dance Umbrella 2017 – London’s international dance festival (please note, this performance is not at the Laban Theatre)

Set on a disused piece of land between an historic flour mill and London City Airport, this immersive performance invites us to re-imagine how we value our landscape, homes and communities.

As day dips into night you’re given headphones and offered instructions amidst a constantly shifting soundscape that is delicate and thoughtful one moment, infectious and playful the next. Many worlds are created, destroyed and re-purposed in a playground built by everyone.

Charlotte Spencer Projects work in unusual spaces in order to open up new forms of conversation. Their Walking Stories was a hit of DU 2015, and we invite you to re-enter their intelligent and transformative world.

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Cia Maduixa Presents: DOT

Thu 26 Oct – 11:00 & 14:00

Part of Dance Umbrella 2017

Take a girl obsessed with keeping everything just so, add a boy who isn’t, then inspiration from artist Sol LeWitt, and you have the high-tech/lo-fi gem for children that is DOT.

Blending a sequence of precise digital projections, the dancers’ bodies and a bespoke score, DOT is as mind-bogglingly clever as it is charming. It revolves around worlds of light, colour and imagination, revealing a choreographic playground of wonder and discovery.

Award-winning Spanish company Cia Maduixa combine dance, theatre and technology to inspire children. Join us for the UK premiere of DOT, a show already applauded in three continents and counting.

Theo Clinkard: This Bright Field

Sat 28 Oct – First Performance 19:30 (see website for further details)

Fresh from the Brighton Festival 2017, choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard follows his recent commissions for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba with This Bright Field, a new work for his company conceived in two parts.

Part one takes the audience on stage in small groups for an intimate encounter with dancers visible within a maze of constantly moving screens. In Part two, Clinkard’s choreography takes to the full stage on a cinematic scale with the audience back in the auditorium seats. Featuring striking lighting design, bold costumes and music performed live by James Keane, This Bright Field gradually builds in momentum to become a spectacle of visual and emotional power.

Rahel Vonmoos: to find a place

Tues 7 & Wed 8 Nov – 19:30

to find a place’ is Rahel Vonmoos’s both vigorous and tender enquiry into displacement – a topic both ancient and acutely contemporary. Through a collage of video projections, dancers explore the physical, psychological, social and emotion aspects of displacement. How does time, place, age, history and memory affect who we are and how we perceive ourselves and where we belong?

H2 Dance: Staging Ages

Weds 15 Nov – 19:30

Staging Ages is a ground-breaking intergenerational project from Heidi Rustgaard and Hanna Gillgren, featuring five dancers aged 10-66 exploring generation gaps, norms and taboos, dignity, expectations and prejudices. The shows asks how we feel about our public and private selves at different stages of life – what is the transition from child to adult and from adult to older person? What are the norms, conventions and societal expectations surrounding each age?

For more information on all performances, please visit the Trinity Laban What’s On pages: