The architectural grassed amphitheatre of the LABAN campus is an informal place for students to sit, eat a sandwich, chat and sometimes perform. To transform the space into a place for a memorial to WW1, the dancers process and prepare through performing a ritualistic connection of the ground with the cosmos.
The form of the ritual is taken from the opening of Rudolf Laban’s anti-war dance theatre work The Swinging Temple, first premiered in 1922 in Hamburg by the Tanzbühne Laban when the effects of the war and its aftermath were very real. Specifically the form here refers to the 2011 recreation with a Trinity Laban cast, directed by Melanie Clarke.
Brass players emerge on the five ‘hilltops’ of the amphitheatre and, one after the other, call a group of dancers. From an amalgam of people discrete colour groups emerge.