Collaborations, Residencies & Performances

There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to collaborate, create and perform work, both with their peers and with professional artists, throughout the BA programme.

Students may take part in extra-curricular choreographic workshops during the year, and there are also informal studio showings of work during the term. Studio times is available for students to work on their own projects.

Selected third year BA students may also have the chance to participate in collaborative courses jointly organised by Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Wimbledon School of Art and Design. Those students work with either a music or a design student to create and stage a piece, which can also be a performance opportunity for their peers.

All students have regular opportunities to work with professional choreographers, these have recently included the dance companies of Hofesh Shechter, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Siobhan Davies, Akram Khan and Candoco. Students may be invited to create new work and perform with professional artists and companies on specific projects as part of their study. In recent years, our students have performed in projects including:

  • Lea Anderson's Hand in Glove, a performance exhibition featuring over 500 costumes and accessories at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Candid Arts (2016 & 2015)
  • Crystal Pite's Polaris inspired by the music of Thomas Adès, performed at Sadler's Wells (2014)
  • Questions and Dancers, creating new work for young people and families, performed at The Place, Sadler's Wells and the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich (2013)
  • Richard Alston Dance Company's A Ceremony of Carols, performed on tour throughout the UK (including at Sadler's Wells) and the USA (2012)
  • Rosemary Lee's Square Dances, a site-specific work for Dance Umbrella (2011)
  • Darren Johnston's Underdrome at the Roundhouse, London (2009)

In the summer term, professional choreographers lead five week residencies, and third year BA students perform a selection of pieces by these world renowned artists, together with their own work, to celebrate their graduation. The third year students also form the performance group LC3, which shows the students' commissioned and original work in local schools, colleges and other venues, as well as site-specific projects, exchange performances with other performing arts consveratoires, and overseas events.