Title page for ETD etd-07202005-202406

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lorenzen-Schmidt, Timo
Author's Email Address timo@lorenzen-schmidt.de
URN etd-07202005-202406
Title On Dancing with Architecture
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Frascari, Marco Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • Architecture
  • Dance
  • Representation
  • Shadow
  • Light
  • Magic
Date of Defense 2004-09-17
Availability unrestricted
"I would like to - sometime - build a theater which

has natural light..."

Louis I. Kahn "Space and the Inspirations" 1967

Titled "On Dancing with Architecture" and in reference

to Merce Cunningham's choreography, this thesis project

is the notion of overlaying architecture as a third

autonomous layer to the existing ones in the performance

arts that are dancing and music. Since the project

is equally concerned with the performers and the

audience as well as with the general public, it shall

contain a nonstandard performance stage for modern

dance as well as general public space.

However, what does it mean to give shape to the notion

of "Dancing with Architecture" in actual physicality?

In order to investigate an appropriate answer to this

problem, the project offers a unique opportunity of

applying architecture's power of representation in rich

analogies and metaphors. Therefore more than designing

just a theater that serves for dance, this space shall

be a place that, in its appearance as a whole and in

detail, represents the tale of its initial challenge and


In addition, and as part of being a nonstandard stage

for modern dance, the project shall critically review

conventions in stage space and offers the opportunity

to investigate it under a different scope, for instance

through the question of how to increase the spectator's

spatial experiences and interactivity with the performers,

or through exploiting natural phenomena such as

daylight, wind, water, landscape, time and gravity as

stimulating factors to introduce new facilities in modern


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