The XXI Century Theater which is located in the former Sant’ Anna’s Church in Prague, Czech Republic is a choreographed spatial strategy that begins with the translation of words into actions, and is followed by the manifestation of actions into spaces. Silva & Roth Architects developed the “Angels’ Dance” through the notions of actions and motion, spontaneous behaviors and the architectonic space.
More on this project after the break.
The challenges posed by Silva & Roth Architects was the intention to control and define the actions and behaviors allowed by a space through its intrinsic intentions. The actions, once defined by motion, become an unfinished, unbound event that is in a state of suspension as it constantly has the potential of happening. Spontaneous behaviors of patrons and audience members become part of the dance as they each enter the role of the participant in the performance. The intuitive and unpredictable movements of each person through the space developed by Silva & Roth Architects redefine the dynamic experience of the space for everyone.
The architectonic space of the building acquires a fourth dimension from the social implications of movement, allowing new relationships to develop between the performance and its protagonists. The element of time becomes a crucial component that changes the social experience of the space from moment to moment.
Architects: Silva & Roth Architects
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Project team: Lia Silva, Davide Roth
Project: “Angels’ Dance” – XXI Century Theater in the former Sant’ Anna’s Church – Prague
Project year: 2011