A Premonition of the Act - Camden Art Centre

Rose English’s reputation for humorous and highly analytical performance began within Britain’s vibrant feminist scene in the 1970s.

An influential figure for many artists, her work has crossed boundaries between performed installation, vaudeville, film, spoken drama and opera in a mix of philosophical, aesthetic and political commentary.

At the core of this exhibition was a new sound work, Lost in Music – an operatic piece for ten voices and percussion, scored by composer Luke Stoneham for English’s libretto. A chamber opera for Chinese acrobatics past and future, the music traced trajectories of their movements; the body and the breath, singing and glass-blowing, shattering and flying, together concertina time and space in a close investigation of the capacity for metaphysical embodiment of physical objects. English placed her audience at the still point of the split between word and image, making songs solidify and objects sing.

As part of the exhibition Rose English and Luke Stoneham presented Music for Lost in Music, a live performance of the musical element of Lost in Music. This was part of the Postscript series of events.

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This film was produced on the occasion of Rose English's exhibition A Premonition of the Act (12 December 2015 - 6 March 2016).

The Artist

Rose English has been writing, directing and performing her own work for over thirty five years. Her productions feature a diversity of co-performers including musicians, dancers, circus performers, magicians and horses. Rose’s shows range from her site-specific performances and collaborations of the 1970s including Quadrille, Berlin and Mounting, her acclaimed solos of the 1980’s including Plato’s Chair and The Beloved, to her large scale spectaculars of the 1990’s including Walks on Water, The Double Wedding and Tantamount Esperance. Abstract Vaudeville – the Work of Rose English, a monograph by Guy Brett with scripts by Rose English and interviews by Anne-Louise Rentell was published by Ridinghouse in 2014.

Introductory Talk: Rose English & Florian Roithmayr

Friday 11 December , 5.45 – 6.30pm / free

Rose English and Florian Roithmayr discuss their exhibitions with Paul Clinton, writer and Assistant Editor at frieze, prior to the Exhibition Opening at 6.30 – 8.30pm.

Teachers’ Evening

Wednesday 16 December, 6.00 – 7.30pm / free

Teachers are invited to an informal introduction to the exhibitions and our resources for school visits, and to enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie with the programme team.Wednesday 16 December, 6.00 – 7.30pm / free

Talk: Rose English and Grainne Sweeney

Wednesday 3 February, 7.00 – 8.00pm

Rose English and Grainne Sweeney, independent curator and Associate Curator, MIMA, reflect on English’s new commission, Lost in Music, in the context of her earlier work Flagrant Wisdom. English has been writing, directing and performing her own work for over thirty five years.

Exhibition Tour: Jenni Lomax

Sunday 6 March, 3.00 – 3.45pm / free

Jenni Lomax, Director of Camden Arts Centre, gives a curator’s tour on the final day of the Rose English and Florian Roithmayr exhibitions.