Emblazoned across her desktop background and cited in countless conversations about why art matters, these words have always been a lodestar in her drama classroom. A guiding light that has profoundly influenced the way that Lauren Noble teaches others about the arts. Her passion for theatre has been a part of her life since she was 12 years old and performed in her first lead role as Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Lauren’s devotion to this multifaceted, multidimensional industry has been strengthened through her experiences in the classroom but it was also within her role as the Head of Performing Arts in Durban and Dubai that she began to realise that she also had a duty... one that sometimes goes unnoticed in the relentless drive towards bureaucratic academic achievement. A duty to shape an educational environment that understands the performing arts as a working system of independent yet interconnected parts. It was this feeling of responsibility that took hold and the plans for her very own theatre company began forming in her mind. “And now, here I am, almost a decade later, inviting you to join me on this journey... whether you're a student or a teacher, an amateur or a professional, a practitioner or an audience member... there's a place for everyone to redefine the performing arts on a global stage."
"Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music or a book can make a difference. It can change the world." Alan Rickman
It was in the midst of a maelstrom that the word ensemble came to mean so much more than the definition found in the pages of a dictionary. Overnight it became an act of intentionally reclaiming togetherness as a means of facing a very different world than the one we used to know. There was a conscious yearning for connection, a surge of introspection which acknowledged the profound role of the creative arts in our lives. And it was from within this jumble of ideas that the fully fledged concept for co|laboratory took hold in our company founder's imagination and spilled onto the pages of her journal. Inspired by the journey she shared with those in her own ensemble, she founded co|laboratory to be a theatre company which celebrates the very best of the arts by actively pursuing innovation through collaborative practice. The company is dedicated to creating opportunities for and with one another - no matter where in the world we call home - cultivating those characteristics that have defined our collective experience within the theatre industry. Learning. Teaching. Experimenting. Exploring. Seeking. Challenging. Supporting. Deconstructing. Expressing. Empowering. Dreaming. Underpinned by three platforms (each with their own area of focus pertaining to the type of theatre we want to create) co|laboratory is redefining the performing arts on a global stage... and we want you to be a part of that too!
"Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” Bertolt Brecht
“It is not theatre that is indispensable but something quite different. To cross the frontiers between you and me.” Jerzy Grotowski
co|laboratory is a performing arts company dedicated to empowering creatives of all ages through acts of innovative and imaginative collaboration across our three co|lab platforms. Each platform has its own unique function within the wider context of our company, but it is the relationship that exists between them that embodies the type of synergy we aspire to achieve as we aim to redefine the performing arts on a global stage.
co|lab creations is our production platform, dedicated to diverse innovations in the performing arts. We intend to contribute consistently, imaginatively and resourcefully to the theatrical and artistic landscape of our local context in the UAE whilst simultaneously inspiring collaborations from within our international ensemble as we advance the potential of the performing arts around the world.
co|lab classroom is our education platform, dedicated to a 21st century performing arts classroom that is accessible to everyone. Our aim is to bring together students and teachers, professionals and enthusiasts as we explore the potential for a more holistic educational model by actively engaging in industry expertise within our unique collaborative approach to education for everyone.
co|lab collective is our connection platform, dedicated to bringing together creative groundbreakers and trailblazers in acts of meaningful collaboration. Our aim is to seek out influential arts practitioners, companies and institutions who are committed to a shared ethos of working with one another as we curate a global support system which leads to the advancement of the performing arts.
“It's as natural as breathing to want to be in the theatre." Kenneth Branagh
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