Our second year undergraduate students will perform works by choreographers who have made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary dance in the 20th and 21st centuries.
During Historical Project, students are immersed in an intensive period of study. As well as restaging the dance pieces, students learn about the artistic, historical and cultural contexts in which they were originally created and performed. The result is an experience which integrates theory and practice, and which exposes students both physically and intellectually to important dance works of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Image: Highland Fling, Matthew Bourne, Historical Project 2016
Final year student Orion Hart (pictured above) performed in the restaging of Matthew Bourne’s The Highland Fling in last year’s programme. He commented:
“The Historical Project was one of the highlights from my whole time at Trinity Laban. It challenged me to discover new aspects of myself as a performer, and allowed me to go beyond what I thought I could achieve. If I could go back and do it all again I would!”
This year, students will be staging seminal works by:
Merce Cunningham: MinEvents 9, 10, 11 & 12 arranged and staged by Daniel Squire
Martha Graham: Panorama (1935) restaged and directed by Jacqueline Bulnes
Dore Hoyer: Affectos Humanos (1962) reconstructed and staged by Martin Nachbar
Hofesh Shechter: Sun – An Extract (2013) arranged and staged by Winifred Burnet-Smith, Sam Coren & Phil Hulford
Rudolf Laban: Drumstick re-imagined, staged and arranged by Alison Curtis-Jones
Martin Nachbar commented:
“It is always a joy and challenge to teach students to approach these dances and reconstruct them with the idea of meeting them rather than working on looking exactly like the original.”
Alumna Zoe Bishop performed in an extract of Sasha Waltz’ Continu titled Women, as part of Historical Project 2014. Zoe said:
“I found the process of learning the repertoire to be most inspiring as company dancer Mata Saka really took us on a creative journey over the 3 weeks. It allowed us to gain rich insight into the feel of the work.
I feel that Historical Project provides the first real opportunity to perform at a professional level within the undergraduate course. This opportunity is invaluable as it exposes the students to different styles of dance within the Contemporary Dance bracket, whilst working with professionals in the industry. It also provides the chance to work and dance with fellow students we may not have previously danced with and ultimately allows the students to perform repertoire of a professional level.”
Check back next week to follow the process of this year’s works.
Image: Women, Sasha Waltz, Historical Project 2014
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