Turner, the sea and the performing arts / by Joe Townsend


I'm going to be leading a workshop at the Culture Capital Exchange annual conference. I will be looking at some of the dynamics of group work in creative dance and music projects and asking whether there is something to be learned and applied when working on larger scale partnerships.  

How are curatorial decisions made and transmitted and who has ownership and agency? Political and economic climate, policy, budgets, modern life and management challenges, ego and power dynamics often impose on creative projects long before any work has been commissioned. 

I will be working with Laura Greenhalg who is a dancer, choreographer and thinker. We will start from a practical base and experience risk through dance in the first instance and broaden the debate out from there. Sara Wajid who is the Public Programmes manager at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich will be bringing her unique perspective.



TCCE presents: Culture, Creativity and the Academy - building a new ‘Grand Partnership’

Tuesday 24th June 2014
Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court, corner of Milton Street/Silk Street, London 

Participatory Workshop: Turner, the sea and the performing arts

Trinity Laban’s Colab festival in February 2014 featured a group of dancers and musicians who worked together with the National Maritime Museum to create and perform work inspired by the Museum’s Turner and the Sea exhibition.   The resulting work presented a unique opportunity for music and dance students to collaborate in the development and staging of incredible performances, designed to conjure up Turner’s evocative seascapes. The NMM and Trinity Laban partnership demonstrated yet again that students and staff really benefit from inter-disciplinary work on a number of levels.

Through the workshop you will participate with your body and brain, starting with a movement warm-up, a presentation of the project and a discussion about cross-disciplinary practice and how it can facilitated through institutional partnerships.



Workshop Leader: Joe Townsend, CoLab creative producer Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance with: 
Sara Wajid, Public Programmes Manager, National Maritime Museum and

Laura Greenhalgh, Choreographer, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance