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MA Dance Performance (Transitions Dance Company)


Course Description

A double achievement: the rigorous challenges of a real life dance company and the demands of an MA. Become the best dancer you can be and develop the advanced skills you need to work in today's professional arts environment. Trinity Laban's Transitions was the world's first graduate dance company and it has since acquired an outstanding reputation for technical excellence and originality; it offers you a bridge to the professional world while you study for a highly respected Masters. Your critical reflections and dissertation are embedded within the programme so that you achieve your MA within 13 months.

Please note: the MA Dance Performance is embedded within the Transitions Dance Company experience. You will need to be accepted into the company as a pre-requisite to applying for this programme.

Visit the website: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/dance/postgraduate-programmes/ma-dance-performance-transitions-dance-company

Programme Information

Transitions Dance Company has gained an international reputation for the technical excellence of its dancers and the originality of the work it performs. This programme will give you the opportunity to work with outstanding international choreographers, culminating in an international tour. In the past, choreographers have included Rui Horta, Liz Aggis, Della Davidson, Yolande Snaith, Lea Anderson, Mark Murphy, Jamie Watton, Jasmin Vardimon and Jan De Schynkel.

As a member of Transitions Dance Company, you will work within a professional company environment, taking daily advanced level classes in both contemporary dance and classical ballet. These will be supported by classes in fitness and somatic techniques. You will work with professional performers and dance educators, rehearse repertory pieces, and actively engage with professional choreographers in the creation of new works. The company tours nationally and internationally, giving you a professional performance experience in a diverse and challenging repertory.

Programme Content

This challenging experience will help you grow into a performer who will contribute effectively and creatively to the profession, not only as a practitioner but as an articulate advocate for performance and performance practice. By advancing your skills, you'll have the opportunity to formulate a deeper understanding of the technical and artistic complexities inherent in performance. You'll be encouraged to critically reflect on your development in the studio and in wider theoretical contexts.

The taught element comprises the following modules:

M-502 Research Methods
M-521 Advanced Technical Practice
M-522 The Performer in the Creative Process
M-523 Dance Performance
M-505 Project

The Project (M505), which you undertake following your time with Transitions, may take the form of a lecture-demonstration, a written dissertation, or a practice-based project with supporting documentation.

See the Programme Specification on our website for further details.

Progression Routes

Transitions is constantly evolving to reflect changes in the dance scene, ensuring alumni are quickly employed. Recent MAP graduates have performed with Lost Dog, Michael Clark Company, Ballet Boyz, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre amongst others, as well as making and performing in their own work.

How to apply: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/dance-applications

Visit the MA Dance Performance (Transitions Dance Company) page on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Verity Quade, Vocalist

1196.gif 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.

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Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, Composer

1197.gif 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.

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Adam Waldmann, Saxophone

1198.gif 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.

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Samuel Burstin, Viola

1200.gif 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.

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Fiona Kelly, Flute

1201.gif 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.

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Dylan Crossman

1202.gif 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!!

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Nicola Conibere

1203.gif 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.

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Luca Silvestrini

1204.gif 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.

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Rosalie Wahlfrid

1205.gif 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.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

In addition to acceptance into Transitions Dance Company (through audition), you will normally have successfully completed a UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject; or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (e.g. USA degree - GPA 3.00 or above). English Language competency requirements also apply.

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