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Central students co-produce and perform in a unique contemporary work

Calendar Posted 2 May 2019

On Friday 26 April, all first year Central students performed in 'non-place', a unique collaboration with students from the Royal College of Music (RCM) and Imperial College London, at the Britten Theatre.

The work was initiated by MA composers from RCM, who worked with a student from Imperial College to create the digital projection and Central students and tutors to choreograph and perform the movement.

The title of the work was inspired by 'Non-Place' a neologism coined by French anthropologist Marc Auge describing spaces of transience and was the starting point for the composers to explore human relationships to familiar spaces, identity and anonymity in modern society.

The work combined electro-acoustic sound, performed by a live ensemble, Cat’s Cradle Collective chamber Orchestra, mixed with a pre-recorded electronic score.

The presentation included video mapping and projection and contemporary dance performed by Central's first year students, choreographed by themselves and Central tutors Leanne King and Bim Malcomson.

The performance was part of the Great Exhibitionists series held at RCM annually.

Leanne King, Central's Creative Projects Manager said "This collaboration was a fantastic opportunity for the students to be fully involved in an experimental creative process, resulting in a fully co-produced work. The final piece combined a variety of disciplines which Central trains our students in; including Contemporary Dance, Choreography and Improvisation.The students were highly focused and motivated throughout the creative process, with their final performance demonstrating a high level of maturity and artistry."

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