Noemie Lafrance performance
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Choreographer uses Frank Gehry architecture as stage

All the world's a stage, wrote Shakespeare, and choreographer Noemie Lafrance has launched an international career making that theme central to her work.

Lafrance's site-specific dances and installations use an existing indoors or outdoors public site or piece of urban architecture as the setting and inspiration for the performance.

The Canadian-born director explores human movements in man-made landscapes, creating a performance language that interacts with the environment and the audience.

In 2008, Lafrance was commissioned to create Rapture using the architecture of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Lafrance has since started a Rapture Series, performances staged on the exterior surface of Gehry buildings. They feature dancers travelling across the roofs and walls using custom rigging systems and video mapping projections to reveal the dynamics of the architecture's curves in motion.

The series will travel to nine Gehry designs around the world over the next five years, including buildings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Spain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

Producer: Irina Khokhlova

  • 28 Nov 2011
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