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Gabriel Calatrava

During the 92Y Seeing Music festival in New York which is considered to be a festival at  the intersection of sound and sight,  a live performance of J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue performed by the Brentano String Quartet’s was presented with a rope moving installation created by architect and engineer  Gabriel Calatrava, son of Santiago Calatrava.

Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y

Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y

The younger Calatrava’s installation presented the stage covered by a flexible rotating light ropes moving with the help of rotating wheels having been attached with it the flexible ropes. The architect took the idea of the installation in a rotating ropes style from Bach’s fugal lines, the strings on musical instruments. One of the features of the installation was a series of configuration created by the crossing, stretching, and compressing of strings.

Arc20_Gabriel Calatrava for the 92Y Music Festival in New York 11

Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y

The set design was activated by dancers pulling, gathering  and climbing on the ropes thus creating new perceptions of the music being played on the stage. The dancing performance was created by the choreographer John-Mario Sevilla.


By Armine Sargsyan

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