Originally published in The Stage, September 2016
Once you have finished your training in contemporary dance, where do you go to start your career? Like all performers, dancers are in a position where they need that bridge into professional companies, as well as a safe space to experiment, to create work and to collaborate with choreographers.
Transitions is a training company at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London that was created in response to these needs. It puts emerging dancers together with exciting choreographers to create innovative work and take it on tour. The company was formed in 1982 and has trained some of the country’s leading dancers and choreographers. Each year, the training company comes together to create three pieces that it will then tour extensively. Students work towards an MA, balancing practical work and performances with research. The research they undertake can also take the form of a performance or presentation as well as the more traditional written dissertation.
The artistic director of Transitions is David Waring. He has performed and choreographed with artists including Ricochet Dance, Motionhouse, Walker Dance, Adventures in Motion Pictures, The Featherstonehaughs and his own group, Fishpool. He knows the world of contemporary dance and the demands it makes on dancers.