Nordic Cool 2013: Forum: Master Builder/Master Builders: Performing Architecture
Does the design of physical theater spaces and venues affect the experiential aspects of performing arts? Are there other, perhaps surprising, ways of relating architecture and theater? This panel discusses perspectives from both sides of the curtain.
- Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, 1:30 PM
- Terrace Gallery
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For the duration of Nordic Cool 2013, the Terrace Gallery will become the Cool Club, an extension of the Nordic Design Illustrated exhibition. The Cool Club will feature the iconic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, on loan from Fritz Hansen, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., and Furniture from Scandinavia, and a new curtain made from fabric by Marimekko.
Does the design of physical theater spaces and venues affect the experiential aspects of performing arts? Are there other, perhaps surprising, ways of relating architecture and theater? This panel discusses perspectives from both sides of the curtain. Moderated by Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, this panel includes lighting designer Jesper Kongshaug (Denmark); Craig Dykers, Senior Partner at Snøhetta (Norway); and opera stage director and choreographer Grethe Barrett Holby (USA).
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
This is a FREE event. General Admission tickets will be distributed, two (2) per person on a first-come-- first-serve basis, in front of the theater, 30 minutes before the performance begins.
Pedro Gadanho, USA (Moderator)
Pedro Gadanho is the Curator for Contemporary Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He previously served as Co-Director of ExperimentaDesign, a design and architectural firm based in Lisbon, Portugal. He was the editor-in-chief of Beyond, Short Stories on the Post-Contemporary, a bookazine through Sun Architecture, as well as the author of Arquitectura em Público (2011). He has curated a number of shows, including Space Invaders (2002) for the British Council, a touring exhibition of work by 15 up-and-coming British architects. Gadanho has designed several buildings in Portugal, including Baltasar House in Porto and the Torres Vedras House in Lisbon.
Jesper Kongshaug, Denmark
Jesper Kongshaug is an international lighting designer working in theater, opera, ballet, television, art exhibitions, and architecture. His most recent designs include Akram Khan's Vertical Road (2010) in London and Paul Ruder's Dancer in the Dark (2010) in Denmark. He has also worked in the United States with the Boston Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera, in France with the Opera de Lyon, and in Austria with "Theater an der Wien" in Vienna. He has recently worked on architectural lighting projects in Kastrup Copenhagen Airport and "Højbro Plads," a complete redesign of an old square in Copenhagen. For Nordic Cool 2013, Jesper will be recreating the effect of the Northern Lights surrounding the Kennedy Center, every evening for the duration of the festival.
Grethe Barrett Holby, USA
Grethe Barrett Holby has performed, commissioned, directed, choreographed, and produced world premieres with composers including Leonard Bernstein, Lou Reed, Eve Beglarian, and Philip Glass. Holby founded and led American Opera Projects in NYC for 13 years, developing and directing over 25 new works with the company, and launched Family Opera Initiative and Ardea Arts to create new American works for multigenerational audiences. She also served as resident choreographer of the Houston Grand Opera. Holby holds degrees in Architecture and Aero-Astro Engineering and Master of Architecture from MIT, where she wrote her master's thesis on "The Role of Architecture in the Theatrical Experience."
Craig Dykers, USA
Craig Dykers, Senior Partner of the landscape and architecture firm Snøhetta, co-founded the company in Norway in 1989 with Kjetil Thorsen. In 2004, they opened Snøhetta offices in New York. Dykers has worked on the Alexandria Library in Egypt, for which Snøhetta was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. More recently, the firm has worked on the Opera House in Oslo, the redesign of Times Square and the Broadway Axis in New York City, and the museum at the 9/11 memorial in New York City.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.