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Spier, Steven (2005) Dancing and Drawing, Choreography and Architecture. Journal of Architecture, 10 (4). pp. 349-363. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Collaboration between choreographers and architects still usually takes the traditional form of the latter designing sets for the former, while research on the relationship between architecture and choreography is scant. One of the few examples of a choreographer working with then-current architectural concerns is William and the Ballett Frankfurt in the late 1980s, particularly in Enemy in the Figure (1989) andLimb's Theorem (1990). These pieces show a profound understanding of and engagement with architectural issues then being addressed by Daniel Libeskind. Forsythe's interest in Libeksind was not his 'deconstruction', as has often been asserted, but in his operations on drawing. Their coincidence of intellectual interests and resulting friendship allows us to see clearly how concerns in architecture were also explored through the medium of ballet. It is a reminder too, of a period, postmodernism, when architecture led theoretical discussion in the arts.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:choreography, Libeskind, Forsythe, drawing,
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > The Belfast School of Architecture
ID Code:13294
Deposited By:Professor Steven Spier
Deposited On:27 Apr 2010 11:33
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:09

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