Photo Credit: Summer Yen
GRAVITY CUBE/ SPLIT PLANES
Stage sets, Little Ant & Robot
Designed for the internationally renown choreographer Huang Yi and his dance studio, Fracture Planes is a stage set for the performance “Little Ant & Robot.” The performance is a multi sensory experience that melds robotic arms and dancers in a setting inspired by Pina Bausch’s Cafe Mueller. Tactile elements and antique furniture were used throughout the performance, so the architectural sets were designed for elevated, inorganic and stark contrasts.
Gravity Cube is a 3x3x3m3 stainless steel frame composed of 12 parts that is held together by gravity, and can be assembled and dismantled by hand without the use of any tools such as screwdrivers. To fulfill the studio’s traveling and stage requirements, Gravity Cube can fit into traveling equipment luggages and 12 person passenger elevators without the need for special loading or tools. Special joinery details were developed base on the mortise and tenon principle. With the weight of the stainless steel itself, Gravity Cube not only can handle equipments loading, but will also support other set pieces in the future. Once assembled, there is no visible trace of connections or joints.
Fracture Planes is a 3x3m2 mirror titanium coated stainless steel wall composition that challenges presence and perception. In front of it, dancers seem to appear from nowhere, or stand in front of the mirror array without any reflections, or break into multiple overlapping reflections. Two color tones, black and gold, were used for the titanium coating, and each “plane” or panel is set ajar to the others at a slight angle both horizontally and vertically, thereby creating unexpected reflection combinations.