Confidence in yourself and your artistic practice was the unshakable theme of this year’s student conference. Each guest speaker, workshop leader and performer placed a great deal of emphasis on confidence as a key component to their success after training at LCDS. Reflection on what was gained while within the conservatoire ranged from; knowing how to collaborate, the importance of repetition and rehearsal and having a resilient work ethic. All of these tools are transferable skills that we can take with us after our training. The workshop leaders and panel all assured us that, however diverse our pathways post-training become, we can use what we have learned to guide us through and be confident in our versatility. Here are my thoughts on the morning.
The conference began with a range of alumni performances. Anders Duckworth’s minimal and clever work Binary (2014), a piece exploring our relationship to digital technology, was a strong start to the show. The cast contained alumni from various graduating years, showcasing the schools strength in training performers as well as creators. The second work was current faculty member Sasha Roubicek’s latest solo. Recent graduate, Renee Stewart performed the work with a calm grace as she intricately placed stones in different patterns throughout the stage. Watching a recent graduate performing a solo, made by a current teacher, reminded us of the strong network that we’ve built whilst training and will take with us when we leave. The final work involved a group of students who formed The Sparse Collective after taking the Improvisation into Performance module in their third year. Overall, the work was bold and professional. The audience could relax and enjoy not knowing what would happen next. The strength and confidence of the final performance set us up for the rest of the day in high spirits.