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Current Exhibition - A Critical Rehearsal

A person looking sideways with their arms stretched out as if they are holding a dance position

18–22 February | Lethaby Gallery

From our house to Bauhaus, and back again

A Critical Rehearsal considers the work of “becoming” and rethinks performance as a series of trialled possibilities crafted through collaborative action.

This is the first event in a programme marking the centenary of the establishment of the Bauhaus, a renowned school of art and design. A Critical Rehearsal places process centre stage to challenge the form that “rehearsal” is assumed to take and share how Central Saint Martins students devise their practices daily.

The gallery setting will take inspiration from Bauhaus Performance Professor Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet. Across the week, the programme of events will challenge both students and the public to critically re-engage with the German school’s legacy of experimental, interdisciplinary practice in relation to our current socio-political climate.

Programme

Monday 18 February, 11am–5pm (Including a break from 1–2pm)

BA Graphic Communication Design students will explore the connection between ideas of “rehearsal” and their current research project on broadcasting. Responding to the British Library Sound Archive, they will produce a series of broadcasts in various formats, challenging the conventions of oral histories and Bauhaus traditions.

Tuesday 19 February, 11am–5pm
Wednesday 20 February, 11am–6pm

Fine Art students will expand upon their own practices, exploring notions of “rehearsal” in response to the Schlemmer-inspired installation in the Lethaby Gallery.

Thursday 21 February, 11am–5pm (Including a break from 1–2pm)

Led by choreographer Yael Loewenstein, BA Performance: Design and Practice students will collaborate with London Studio Centre students. Through collaborative action and trialled possibilities, they will devise new modes of "rehearsal" in a public space.

Friday 22 February
11am–1pm

In continuation of their research on pedagogy, BA Graphic Communication Design students will explore alternative methodologies of learning and their relationship to ideas of “rehearsal.”

1–5pm

Led by choreographer Yael Loewenstein, BA Performance: Design and Practice students will continue their collaboration with London Studio Centre students, devising new modes of “rehearsal” in public space.

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