Choreographing Space

Like choreography, the spaces of our built environment are significantly concerned with the movement of people through them. Architectural spaces have historically been conceived of and materialized through static organizational models that deal more with the idea of permanence and stability rather than that of dynamics and movement.

Choreographing Space is a performance installation aimed at challenging these inert models of organization, in order to find aesthetic, architectonic, and social patterns that afford novel ways of interacting with our environment. Choreographing Space was built and performed as an exploration into the overlaps of space, movement, and performance. By enveloping a an interior storefront space in Lower Manhattan with an interactive mesh capable of transformation, the project became at once performance event and architectural environment, fusing performer and audience, space and movement into one continuous experience oscillating between static and dynamic states.

Open to the public as a relaxing, meditative, yet interactive environment during the day, it transformed into performance space in the evenings. Every event was uniquely curated, opening with a different film screening by a dancer/filmmaker and followed by live performances with sound pieces written specifically for each show. Dancers utilized the unique topography, and weaving through the audience manipulated the suspended mesh with their movements to create a continuously changing environment.

Attempting to blur both literal and conceptual thresholds, the project developed an ongoing dialogue with viewers and passers-by assimilating them as active participants capable of interacting with it and, in effect, choreographing the space.

Tags
Culture, Performing Arts Centers, Art + Installation + Exhibition