Entangled

‘Entangled’ was a collaborative performance by Isabel Bonafé, Lara Geary, Lorna MacRitchie, M. Lohrum, and Flavia Tritto reconfiguring the space of the Lethaby Gallery. An exploration of: interpersonal ties, dynamics of (in)visible inclusions and exclusions, mechanisms of reliance, trust and danger; enabling and constraining effects of attachment; unforeseeability of networks; space mediation; materiality of affiliation; fragmentation of the social space; invisible boundaries, visible distances; connecting; obstucting; seeing, feeling.

As a group of five women, five friends, the artists rehearsed the practice of their encounters by using their bodies in space and a 20-meters rope, which connected, constrained and (in)formed one another and their movements. This rehearsal was an exploration of how the dynamics between them change under different circumstances, such as in different spaces, at different points in time and with different audiences. The rope ran around their bodies, in short and large distances, and it determined out movements as they lean on it with their weights.

Each performance was unique: every position, every movement every connection and every trace that arised could not be repeated in its essence. At the same time, the overall framework –the rope connecting them, while pushing the limits of (their) space and of their mutual trust- was constant and could be performed indefinitely.

'Entangled' was performed at the Lethaby Gallery, London, in February 2019, as part of 'A Critical Rehearsal', which 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 placed 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 took 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.

© 2013 by M.Lohrum.