Founded by William Kentridge the Centre aims to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects.
The Centre is a physical and immaterial space to pursue incidental discoveries made in the process of producing work. Often, you start with a good idea, It might seem crystal clear at first, but when you take it to the proverbial drawing board, cracks and fissures emerge in its surface, and they cannot be ignored. It is in following the secondary ideas, those less good ideas coined to address the first idea’s cracks, that the Centre nurtures, arguing that in the act of playing with an idea, you can recognise those things you didn’t know in advance but knew somewhere inside of you.
The Centre is a space to follow impulses, connections and revelations. It’s a physical space for artists to come together over two seasons every year and for curators to bring together combinations of text, performance, image and dance. The Centre believes an ensemble sees the world differently to how one individual does. It is a safe space for failure, for projects to be tried and discarded because they do not work. It’s a space for short form work which doesn’t have a natural home in a theatre or gallery.
At this time the Centre is deliberately contained and modest, as a result we don't have an established programme for receiving proposals or residencies.
Our focus is to create 2 Seasons and 12 For Once performances a year. At this stage we have established Seasonal curators and For Once projects leading up to early 2020. Those interested in working with The Centre for the Less Good Idea are encouraged to send a brief description of their practice and some images of previous work to firstname.lastname@example.org? This information will be shared with future curators and directors.
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