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Central Saint Martins

A Critical Rehearsal

18–22 February | Lethaby Gallery

From our house to Bauhaus, and back again

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

This was 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 challenged 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 included:

Monday 18 February

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 and Wednesday 20 February

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

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

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.”

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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