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Metapolis Ballet

  • Charleroi, Belgium
  • 1999 – 2007
  • Charleroi Danses
  • Complete

Weaving a topography of different layers in different materials, Metapolis evokes rhythms of the city – creating a fluid, hybrid ‘breathing space’ that coincides with the movement of dancers through Flamand’s sublime choreography – capturing them, liberating them – clothing them intermediate layers; flexible structures that extend dance into four-dimensions.

Metapolis evokes various rhythms of the city, its scenic structure is a woven topology of different layers in different materials, allowing for a fluid, hybrid space that coincides with the movement of the figures it contains.

Dancers are wrapped into a spatial complexity that captures and liberates them at the same time. Flamand’s choreography follows and provokes the morphological transformations of the space, inscribing a double movement of fluidity and rupture. Frequencies and rhythm, like strict codes of behaviour are disrupted into pathological impressions.

The structure becomes a ‘breathing space’, through compression and release constantly in transition. Three translucent bridges with a 10 metre span slide into different configurations as they are worn by the dancers. Costumes are seen as intermediate layers, as flexible structures that extend the dance into fourth-dimensional patterns.

Architect

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Design Team

Caroline Voet, Woody Yao, Stephane Hof, Shuman Basar, Paola Cattarin, Bergendy Cooke, Chris Dopheide

Technical

DCAb

Costume

Susan Scheweizer

Fabrics

Marie O’Mahony

Couturier

Thomas Zaepf