Trinity Laban are exploring how dance can enable young people to engage with social action.

Together we have looked at different ways that dance can address social issues and call for change.  We’re reaching beyond traditional approaches to campaigning, considering what role dance can play and how it has the power to effect change for both audiences and participants.

So far this has included investigating how Choreography that confronts a social issue can communicate to audiences in deep visceral ways.  Dancers worked with Choreographer Joseph Toonga to understand his approach to creating professional dance work Born to Protest, which challenges racial stigma through dance that celebrates Black joy and shares the trauma of racism.  Young dancers’ experiences of Joseph’s approach informed their ideas about working with dance in this way.

Young people sought to communicate their concerns with gender stereotypes through the creation of new dance performance and film.  This was informed by their work with Choreographer Sarah Blanc and her performance piece Punk Alley, which seeks to communicate that no matter how loud or soft their voice is – what you have to say is important. 

Young dancers have created Dance for Film.  Normality uses dance and spoken word to ask audiences to question their acceptance of the status quo and bring change to the world around them.

To reach participants, as well as audiences, young dancers have designed and created a workshop for their peers to experience their learning and approaches to working with dance to call for action on the issues that matter to them.  These practical insights seek to galvanise more young people to engage with dance as a vehicle for social change.

What We Have Achieved

How To Get Involved

To learn more about and participate in Trinity Laban’s My London project visit here My London: Dance & Social Action Project – Trinity Laban

To find out more about dance for children and young people at Trinity Laban visit here Dance Opportunities for Children and Young People – Trinity Laban
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