Architects in Theater

A
theater set should create a mood and atmosphere offering possibilities for the
movement of the actors.  These flexible
sets are designed to transport the audience into the alternate reality of the
piece.  The illusion created is that of a
false environment, similar to theme parks such as Disney World and movie sets
in Hollywood sense of hyper-reality is intended to be achieved to convey the attitude
of the story being told.  

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The American Mysteries – Diller
Scofidio + Renfro (1984) The Set design is a nine square grid with
counterweight panels hinged at all sides.
The set is transformed into discrete configurations by the performers in
a seamless transition.  

Metapolis Ballet – Zaha Hadid (2007) The set design was created to look like weaving topography of different layers of materials.  The piece’s integration of media and dance create a new environment in which the choreography of the dancer is amplified to a further extreme.   

Bauhaus – Theater of Totality (1924) Bauhaus School is best known for its contribution to industrial design. Artists such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer, develop a new kind of theater based on these principles. Their work was an attempt to synthesize the theater’s essential components-space, composition, motion, sound, movement, and light-into a fully integrated, abstract form of artistic expression.

 

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