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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.


Zaha Hadid Architects


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Design Team

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




Susan Scheweizer


Marie O’Mahony


Thomas Zaepf