Friday, July 06, 2007

Zaha Hadid does dance
Summer is often a dead zone for art. Theater and dance companies take breaks to rest their weary artistic souls. But there are festivals that break up the monotony. And if I were a rich man, I'd fly to NYC on July 24-26 to catch Metapolis II at the Lincoln Center Festival 2007. Metapolis II is a ballet created by Frédéric Flamand of the National Ballet of Marseille, writes Roslyn Sulcus of the New York Times. And what makes all this architecture-related is that Pritzker Prize-winner Zaha Hadid, the daring architect who created the BMW Building in Leipzig, Germany and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, designed the set for this ballet. It's not the first time a designer has created a set for a ballet. In 1948, George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet recruited Isamu Noguchi to design sets and costumes for Orpheus. (Photo courtesy of New York Times)

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