In the performative arts, rehearsing can be understood as an act of practicing, for example learning specific skills or practicing to play a specific role, and running through different possibilities of solving an artistic task. Beyond that, the rehearsal is also understood as a moment of testing. In its frame of (pre-)presenting and watching, one always forecasts the audience’s view and reaction. Rehearsal and performance can fall into one, if, for instance, a test version of a specific form of assembling or a certain form of acting is publicly presented. In both perspectives, the rehearsal can be understood as a procedure to acquire knowledge. Rehearsing is an artistic practice that is characterised by collectivity, performativity and different uses of media (Plischke 2018, Matzke 2012).


Matzke, Annemarie (2012): Arbeit am Theater. Eine Diskursgeschichte der Probe. Bielefeld: transcript.

Plischke, Eva (2020): Zukunft auf Probe. Verhältnisse von szenischer Kunst und Zukunftsforschung. HafenCity University Hamburg. Available at: