Published on February 19, 2013 | by Chloe Cross


CSM joins leading schools to ‘Design for Dance’

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CSM students will collaborate with two leading dance schools [Flickr: Edward Langley]

Central Saint Martins (CSM) are collaborating with two leading dance schools as part of the 2013 Design for Dance project.

Students from BA Performance Design and Practice will join choreographers and more than 100 dancers to design and produce the sets, costumes, hair and make-up for 22 performances.

The CSM students, who are collaborating with The Central School of Ballet and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, will also work with light and sound designers to produce a visual installation.

Ballet critic and CSM alumni, Peter Williams launched Design for Dance over ten years ago and has seen it develop into a highly anticipated event and become core part of university programmes.

Pushing the limits

Isabella Van Braeckel, 20, a CSM student involved in the project, spoke to Arts London News about the opportunity: “It is a real learning curve for all involved. This is the first time many of us have been able to physically realise our design on this scale.”

Design for Dance lets students experience the production side of performance and understand the issues that arise when the two disciplines meet.

“It’s a fast process with no time to linger that tests everyone to their limits,” Van Braeckel explained. “We get to learn the working processes of others and push the limits of design and dance.

“We were initially scared that things will not work out, for example costumes not fitting or conflicting ideas. But we have managed to produced some really powerful work.”

The performance will run from February 28 – March 2 at the Central Saint Martins Platform Theatre.

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