This Masters is the perfect breeding ground for innovative new choreographers who respond to initiative. Whether you're in the early stages of your career or an experienced dancer wanting to create new opportunities for yourself, our stimulating programme will present new challenges testing your practice and reaching beyond the conventional boundaries of accepted research. The opportunity to create many dance works over the programme, culminating in two months on your Masters Project, gives you the freedom to develop your own artistic practice, where you'll pursue an individual line of enquiry and develop critical engagement with your practice.
The MA Choreography Programme will provide you with the opportunity to interrogate your own practice, whether you are a choreographer in the early stages of your career or an experienced dancer wishing to change direction. You will pursue your own line of enquiry and develop a critical engagement with your choreographic process through the creation of dance works. You will be able to experiment, take risks and develop an individual artistic voice. You will also gain insights into different creative practices in dance and other art forms through contact with visiting artists, while exploring the different artistic and social contexts for the creation and reception of work. You will be encouraged to create pieces in a range of settings and media, and work collaboratively with artists from other disciplines.
Our MA Choreography is designed to give you two days per week of workshops, lectures and seminars next to studio practice, so that it feels like working in the profession but in a guided yet challenging manner. There are also two intensive blocks of research practice where you collaborate with other artists.
The following are core elements that support your choreographic development: • An emphasis on testing out ideas and risk taking, seeing choreography as a nexus of ideas, intentions, movement concerns and proposals. • Working with visiting artists to give further insights into a variety of dance and other inter-disciplinary practices. • Exploring different artistic and social contexts for the creation and reception of work and the creation of pieces in a range of settings and media. • Collaborating with artists from other disciplines
M502 Research Methods 30 Credits M511 Examining Practice 30 Credits M512 Synergies & Transformations 30 Credits M513 Research & Development 30 Credits M505 Project 60 Credits
Your project (M505) may be a publicly presented major choreographic work or works, representing your own distinctive practice.
Graduates of the MA Choreography go on to work in the industry as choreographers, performers and directors, as well as to further study and teaching. Recent graduates have worked on and choreographed productions all over Europe, including research at KOLT, productions at FLOTA Slovenia, Pro Progressione in Europe and other companies in the UK.
"The Trinity Laban Graduate School and other programmes provide wonderful opportunities for emerging and developing choreographers, to test their research beyond the normal boundaries of accepted practice, in an engaging and supportive atmosphere." Tony Thatcher, Programme Leader, MA Choreography
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Trinity Laban was one of the most positive experiences of my life both socially and vocationally. If I had my time again, I still wouldn’t choose to go anywhere else. The teachers are the leading exponents in their fields, which is invaluable. To be taught by people that still actively do what they are teaching is inspirational.
Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, Composer
Trinity Laban’s wide-ranging courses enabled me to expand my musical knowledge beyond the confines of a degree. The accessibility to all professors enabled me to work with Sioned Williams, and this resulted in a commission from the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a harp concerto. What better way to start a career.
Adam Waldmann, Saxophone
Studying at Trinity Laban offered me a great chance to study under some of the country’s most highly regarded educators and musicians. The Jazz Department provided me with some invaluable tools, encouragement and knowledge that I will always be grateful for.
George–Emmanuel Lazaridis, Piano
Trinity Laban is bursting with life and incorporates some of the most sought after professors in the UK. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to the young generation of musicians and feel proud to be a graduate myself.
Samuel Burstin, Viola
My time at Trinity Laban gave me a breadth of musical experiences that have been vital to my progress as a violinist and as a musician. The range of musical performance, specialist tuition and personal freedom I enjoyed there was wonderful, and that, allied to the beautiful setting of the Conservatoire in the heart of Greenwich, allowed me space to grow and develop musically.
Fiona Kelly, Flute
When I decided I wanted to study in London I realized that Anna Noakes was definitely the perfect match for me. I spent four fantastic years with her. As well as being an amaxing player and teacher, she has unbelievable energy and a fantastic sense of humour. I wouldn’t be halfthe player I am without her unbelievable support and guidance. There was also a terrific flute department, and wonderful, inspirational and supportive students. Trinity Laban was exactly the kind of environment I needed to be in.
Studying at Laban taught me to look at movement in a different way. Today, it makes me very aware, as a dancer, of what I am doing and where I am in space while at the same time being present, here and now. I learned to be a diverse dancer, how to work, how to learn. Be yourself and make choices as a performer. That’s what people want to see!!
The explorations I began through the MA programme enabled me to discover a way of working that integrates my theoretical and practical interests in performance, and remains the foundation for the work I make today. This was the result of study which not only nurtured tireless interrogation of both theoretical discourse on performance and the practical issues of making it, but, importantly, suggested that each area is equally capable of enlightening the other.
I will always look back at my time at Laban as one of the most significant turning points of my life. The teachers, choreographers and fellow students I came into contact with have all played a considerable role in the development of my passion for dance and choreography into a successful career.
Trinity Laban has offered me three very different years of training and guidance. I have been provided with a base of great knowledge and understanding of my body and mind, my own responsibility as a student and investigation into what my interests are, both as performer and dance maker. This has been essential for entering a professional environment. I have had the opportunity to work with great artists that have nurtured and inspired me to continue my journey in the profession. I have experienced freedom and been given the space to start research of my own practice whilst working alongside other dance artists.
You will normally have prior choreographic experience and/or have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject; or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (e.g. USA degree GPA of 3.00). English Language requirements also apply.
Recipient: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
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