This is a morning in two parts, you are welcome to do what suits you. Meet at 10 o’clock on the footbridge at Elverson Road DLR station and then we will walk through the delightful Brookmill Park, St John’s up to Deptford Bridge and the Laban Centre. At 11 o’clock we will gather at the Reception to the Laban Centre for a guided tour.
The Laban building was designed in 1997 by leading architects Herzog & De Meuron who were also responsible for the redevelopment of Tate Modern. The building was specifically designed for the purpose of educating and training contemporary dance students. The tour includes areas not generally open to the public and you will see how dance students use the building for their performances and training.
The tour has limited numbers and costs £10 per person. Please reserve your place with the office.
After the event ….
Members enjoyed a very pleasant morning. Brookmill Park is a hidden gem. The ethos of various natural habitats for wild life and plants was apparent as we strolled through. The lush river bank and wild areas contrast well with the formal rose garden and fountains.
Our visit to the Laban Dance Centre was most interesting. We learnt about the philosophy of Laban Dance and how there is a strong academic side to support the practical learning of the courses on offer. The building continues the theme of pink, turquoise and green throughout. There are many exciting and unusual spaces to explore. The studios with their opaque glass and transparent windows offer excellent focus for the dancers but also keep them connected to the outside world.