Performance Arts Lab
An International Centre for Advanced Training in the Arts
Performance Arts Lab, now a registered UK charity, is designed to become an International Centre for Advanced Training in the Arts.
Inspired by previous experience of intensive retreat programmes at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies, a dream of a “Banff Europe” was born amongst the leadership team. Having started with opera, the most multi-disciplinary of the performing arts, the programme plans to invite and enable leading arts institutions and conservatoires from the worlds of opera, chamber music, dance, and technical theatre to work together to exchange ideas, share training and develop new work. Moving on to other disciplines will be a natural and mutually supportive development for the programme and its participants.
The Lab is founded on a core principle that training in the arts is best understood and designed to develop artistic practice, which is a life-long learning for artists of all disciplines. We believe that the best arts training happens vertically through age and experience, and horizontally, by example, across arts disciplines. Accordingly, Performance Arts Lab seeks to bring together emerging artists with established artists from various disciplines in a multi-disciplinary setting, to develop and exchange knowledge, experience and craft within a holistic, clear and manageable set of strategies. The result is focused, powerful work that is affecting, communicative and convincing, and is notable for clarity and richness of purpose.
Performance Arts Lab is a space, an expanse, a perspective. It is a space within which the artist is the explorer. It is an expanse in which the outcome is determined by the journey, while the perspective is seen through the lens of connection from artist to art. It is multi- and interdisciplinary; a place where knowledge and skills are transmitted through practice, through personal experience, and through collaborating with like-minded artists. Mentor faculty is drawn from the highest levels of achievement and accomplishment to guide, support, and contribute to the process articulated. Performance Arts Lab is a place to experience, discover, share, and experiment.
As a centre for developing practice in the arts, Performance Arts Lab is also an incubator and occasional commissioner of new art. Artists can develop new work in an atmosphere of creative generation, where the elements supporting creation, development and production reside, and interaction between creation and production fosters mutual goals. The Composers Studio serves the initiative of new works, giving young composers and librettists a unique opportunity to work with and write for the singers, dancers and musicians they are interacting with on location.
As our vision develops, we are exploring the idea of bringing the arts to the business sector in the shape of immersive arts workshops. These are designed to facilitate development of cognitive skills, communication, creativity and teamwork, as well as seeking to foster a love and enthusiasm for greater participation in artistic endeavours. As a result, the arts reach a wider audience, and at the same time, working processes, management skills and overall output are all enhanced.
Performance Arts Lab seeks to offer an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion which we feel is so important today. We desire to use the arts as a unique and wide ranging means to bring understanding and acceptance across cultures and race. We hope to learn from the creators and histories of the past, and to look forward with open and receptive minds to what is possible, what could be possible, to newness and refreshment, to innovation and creativity.