The Cabinet

This pilot project follows on from Ross's masters research. Applying the dancer-musician and Lazovski methods, two performers blur the boundaries of dance and instrumental music.

Dancer-musician/arranger: Ross Thomas
Dancer-musician/choreographer: Oren Lazovski
Original Score: Louis Spohr - Clarinet Concerto no.4

Identities | Four Quadrants

Dancer-musician: Ross Thomas
Composer: Daniel Mills

Identities explores the relationship between performer and instrument as well as feelings of being bound to the bass clarinet, fighting it and learning to embrace it. Resonant frequencies of the studio itself are used to define the score.

This video comes from research and development into audio-motion detection software and how four quadrants of electronic sounds respond to a dancer-bass clarinettist. In all of these these sessions we refined parameters, tested usability, improved functionality and developed objectives and a methodology for the creation of performance works.

 

Connect It - Anna Meredith and David Ogle

Ross joined fellow Trinity Laban students as a dancer-musician in the 10 Pieces Prom performance of Connect It for body percussion in 2015. They also helped the creators present a section of the work at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde park for an audience of 40,000.

 
 
 
 

Katarzyna Witek, Elliot Galvin, Co-directors

Dancer-Musician/coordinator:
Ross Thomas

DIPTIK blurs the boundaries of sound and movement. Their debut performance at the Resolution! 2015 festival explores the idea  'dance is music/music is dance' and the use of score and notation. 

 
 

Daniel Mills, Composer

Bass Clarinet: Ross Thomas

The Sea of Trees is the title of the project that represents Mills's major composition assessment submission for the Masters course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2014. Utilising music, dance and film, the piece explores themes of suicide and depression within the context of the famous 'Suicide Forest', Aokigahara in Japan.

 
 
 

Turner and the Sea at South Bank

Dancer-Musician/coordinator:
Ross Thomas

Supporting the Animate Orchestra, The Turner and the Sea collaboration was presented at the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre in April 2014.

 

Turner and the Sea, Collaboration

Dancer-Musician/coordinator:
Ross Thomas

As part of the 2014 Trinity Laban CoLab festival, this work explores ideas and themes drawn from the Turner exhibition at the National Maritime Museum and was performed in the Samy Ofer Wing of the museum. The performance was then featured in the CoLab Showcase at the Bonnie Bird Theatre.

 

Danyal Dhondy, Composer

Clarinet/Saxophone: Ross Thomas

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, for a family audience.