#TBT: ‘Metapolis’ stage & costume design for Charleroi Danses’ 1999 performance choreographed by Frédéric Flamand.
Flamand’s choreography played with the transformations of the space; frequencies and rhythms, like strict codes of behaviour, were disrupted. The stage and costume design created a woven topology of different layers and materials that echoed the choreography.
Incorporated into the design were three translucent bridges, each with a 10-metre span, that were slid into different configurations by the dancers – in this way, he structure became like a breathing space, continually compressing and releasing with the dancers’ costumes becoming intermediate layers, flexible structures that extended the dance into new visual patterns and spatial interpretations; blurring the boundaries between performer and scenography.
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