Wanted: Young choreographers and composers

The Creative Collective is a new opportunity for 10 young artists (aged 15 – 19), looking to develop their own artistic work as composers and choreographers.

Creative Collective participants will have the opportunity to develop their individual choreographic or composition skills, as well as develop skills in collaborative practice and creating performance work.

The Creative Collective will be mentored by professional composer Mark Bowden and choreographer Bethan Peters, to create new, innovative and challenging pop-up performances across Lewisham as part of the annual Lewisham LiveFestival, and at the Tate Modern as part of the Tate Exchange programme in February 2017.


The Creative Collective forms part of Lewisham Live EXPLODES, a new one-year initiative in 2017. The programme enables musicians and dancers to extend their skills, commitment and progression so that they have an opportunity to specialise and develop into choreographers or composers, perhaps professionally.


This year, the Creative Collective sessions will run at the Laban Building in Deptford, and at the Tate Modern, on the following dates and times. Ideally, you’ll be available for all of the dates listed. However, if you would like to take part but you aren’t available for some of the dates, please get in touch with us directly to discuss this further.

Friday 28 October TBC Audition Workshop:
Creative Collective applicants may be required to attend an audition workshop on Friday 28 October, led by Mark Bowden and Bethan Peters.
Sunday 13 November 09.00h – 15.00h Skills Building Day:

A chance for composers and choreographers to get to know each other and build skills

Sunday 27 November 09.00h – 15.00h Creative Days:

Collaborative days for composers and choreographers to devise work together

Sunday 4 December 09.00h – 15.00h
Sunday 29 January 09.00h – 15.00h
Sunday 12 February 09.00h – 15.00h
Tuesday 14 February 09.00h – 15.00h Tate Exchange:

Collaborative ideas-sharing, performances and feedback on work developed alongside other young artists

Wednesday 15 February 09.00h – 15.00h
Friday 17 February 18.00h – 21.00h
Sunday 26 February 09.00h – 15.00h Creative Days:

Collaborative days for composers and choreographers to devise work together

Sunday 12 March 09.00h – 15.00h
Sunday 19 March 09.00h – 15.00h
Monday 20 March 16.00h – 21.00h LIVE AT TRINITY LABAN
Tech and Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 21 March 16.00h – 22.00h LIVE AT TRINITY LABAN



Applications for the Creative Collective are now open.

To be part of the Creative Collective you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged between 15 – 19 years old
  • Have at least 4 years’ experience of attending music and/or dance classes/courses
  • Have a passion for composing/creating your own music, or choreographing for dance
  • Be excited about working collaboratively with other young artists
  • Be inspired to develop your own artistic work as a composer or choreographer

To apply

Composers: Please complete our composer’s application form. You may also submit one of your own compositions by video, sound or notated music file to support your application. More details about how to do this are included in the online application form.

Choreographers: Please email Emily Robinson for more information or to register your interest: e.robinson@trinitylaban.ac.uk.


There is a small, one-off fee to take part in this programme of £50 per person. (This fee is reduced to £15 if you are the recipient of free school meals).

You do not have to pay to audition for this project. You will only need to pay the project fee if you are accepted and invited to take part in the Creative Collective.

If you foresee any problems in paying this fee, please do contact us to discuss alternative options.


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