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RAMP IT UP: Bauhaus for the 21st Century

Photography by Ryan Garvey.

Performance

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

RAMP IT UP: Bauhaus for the 21st Century is a site-specific performance choreographed by Tiffany Lau ’19 and Daniel Rivera ’20. It is presented in conjunction with The Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums and ARTS FIRST 2019.
 
This imaginative evocation of the 1929 Metal Party, the most famous of the elaborate, themed celebrations staged at the Bauhaus, explores gender identity through Bauhaus-style material studies. The performance combines drag, hip-hop, and contemporary dance in a celebratory, hybrid fashion show/dance party, drawing inspiration from Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus Stage Workshop and the creative practice of current Harvard students.
 
RAMP IT UP at once honors the Bauhaus’s innovative project and utopian aspirations while critiquing the limiting, gender hierarchies it perpetuated. It transforms human bodies into geometric forms and architecture into performative space to celebrate and make space for people of all identities.

Directed and choreographed by Tiffany Lau ’19 and Daniel Rivera ’20
Live sound design by DJ Saskia (Luke Martinez ’19)

The performance features Daniel Rivera ’20, Erin Holder ’15, Heather Brown ’19, Laura Coe ’22, Luke Martinez ’19, Phoebe Suh ’22, Rachel Auslander ’22, Sarah Coady ’19, Sunday Coverly ’20, and Tiffany Lau ’19.

This performance will take place on the Prescott Street lawn between the Harvard Art Museums and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. It runs approximately 20 minutes and will repeat at 4pm and 5pm.

Free admission. Seating is first come, first served.
 
Come dressed to impress in your metallic best! Or drop by the Materials Lab earlier in the day, from 2 to 4pm, to fashion your own hat using a paperfolding exercise inspired by the Bauhaus preliminary course!

ARTS FIRST (May 2–5, 2019) is an annual festival organized by the Office for the Arts at Harvard that showcases student creativity on campus.

This project was made possible with the support of the Office for the Arts at Harvard, the Department of Theater, Dance & Media, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and the Harvard Art Museums.