Commissioned by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for the official opening of the new Laban Building in Deptford in 2003, The Factory was created and performed by over 40 third-year Laban students, who animated Herzog & de Meuron’s award winning building during a 3 day opening event attended by 900 guests.
Inside studios, along corridors and through glass walls, the visitors caught moments of the students’ training in a larger than life representation of their daily activities.
Every night, 10 groups of 30 guests took a guided tour to observe the students’ looping routines on the “production line” and finally gathered in the central ramp of the building to salute the now “made” dancers marching in a cabaret-like chorus line.
"The spectacular new Laban Centre's gala opening was sweetly subverted by dance students using the building as an adventure playground...It's their building and they are confident enough to send it up." The Observer
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Laban Building, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London