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In Memoriam 2014

In Memoriam 2014



Performance and documentary
Trinity Laban (2014)


Detailed Description

In Memoriam 2014 is a dance film created in response to the centenary of World War One by a cast from the world-renowned Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Directed by dance scholar Valerie Preston-Dunlop and film-maker Roswitha Chesher, this film captures the essence of a movement choir created by 100 dancers and musicians aged nine to eighty, performing in the sculptured amphitheatre at Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance in London.

In Memoriam follows the tragic consequences of cultures unable to coexist with others different from themselves and the role of children and mature people in the aftermath of war through a series of metaphors in movement and sound:


                Dedication of the Space

                Five Celebrations of Difference

                Confrontations and War

                Procession of the Dying

                Dance of Innocence

                War Memorials

                Dance of Mourning

                Possibility of Coexistance


The original is an hour-long event, drawing in part on the post-WW1 choreographic ideas and methods of Rudolf Laban. The experience of creative participation across the age groups, led by rehearsal directors from Trinity Laban, is a central purpose of the event. The environment with its industrial decay and urban renewal, wet grass, wind on flesh, traffic noise, brass playing and the human voice contributed to the physicality and veracity of the experience of the cast.


To appreciate In Memoriam 2014 imagine yourself in the midst of it.


Introduction: 6 min

Performance: 23 min

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