(un)framed is the result of a collaborative project involving Dansgroep Amsterdam and three parts of the AHK: the Scenography (Theatre Design) course at de Theaterschool, the Academy of Architecture and the Art Practice and Development research group.
Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg formed the backdrop to (un)framed, a site-specific project led by Dansgroep Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of the Arts. The choreography highlighted the new public sections of the Stadsschouwburg by connecting three elements: dance, the interior setting and the architecture, and the audience was invited to follow the dance as it moved from the old to the new.
As part of the project, students of Architecture and of Scenography designed installations that examined and spotlighted the relationships between the building, the audience and the dancers. These installations were integral to the choreography that Krisztina de Châtel and Massimo Molinari made especially for the new public areas in Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg.
The new Rabozaal (Rabo Hall) and Stanislavski – the Stadsschouwburg’s public space with its café-restaurant and information hall – were opened to the public in spring 2009. Julidans Festival invited Krisztina de Châtel (who is a former AHK Artist in Residence) and Massimo Molinari from Dansgroep Amsterdam to create a choreography for these new spaces. The performance set off from the old section of the Stadsschouwburg, with the audience following the dancers along a route through the building that ended in the foyer of the new Rabozaal black box theatre. The installations designed for the occasion connected the dance and the architecture of the public spaces. This focused the audence’s attention on aspects of the space that they would perhaps not otherwise have noticed as they walked through.
Krisztina de Châtel Artist in Residence 2006-2007