Trinity Laban Conservatoire. London
|Yanaelle Thiran and Catherine Burfield|
As part of my final assessment and collaboration, I organised a photo shoot at the trinity Laban dance conservatoire in London. As my research started in the archive within the library at the school, I felt that it would be appropriate to photograph my large 3D structure in front of the iconic Laban dance school. Permission was granted by the event manager Sylvia Ferreira. I discussed my proposal with her and the outcomes that I was hoping to achieve, she kindly published my call out for dancers on their student notice board. Within days I had 16 enthusiastic dancers wanting to take part in the project. With limited time and little experience collaborating with performing artist, I narrowed it down to two dancers who were passionate about Laban’s work and were available on the dates that I could get to London. An MA Creative Practice student who is studying at Laban who was also happened to be a professional photographer was also willing to collaborate.
The response was amazing, with little direction from myself both dancers understood the dynamics of the model and spoke in a language which translated Laban’s ‘A scale’ theory perfectly. Given more time and experience, I would have liked to have involved more dancers, as I discovered the immense range of movements the dancers had. They made the model come to life and the outcome of the whole collaboration between us all made the day successful.
|Julia Testa photographer|