Using different acrylic glass structures, the performance shows how to feel each other's bodies physically, without being in direct contact.
AKRYLARIUM is developed to be performed in a circular format. It will be experienced equally from all directions. The stageset is designed circular, supporting this format. Multible speakers are placed around the periphery of the circular stage
"During the covid-19 pandemic I experienced how touch, and thus partnering was put on hold. Educated a contemporary dancer, partnering as a dance form is close to my heart; the contact with another person's understanding of the body as well as the simple physical touch that follows is both inspiring and creative-idea-creating. It created a void in everyday life, and a skin hunger in me, that I think many people can relate to. Therefore I started to create a performance with the theme of skin hunger."
Stage Set by industrial designers
AKRYLARIUM's stage set is created by HAKK DESIGN utilising acrylic glass and steel. Its circular design makes it dynamic and thus energetic, while supporting the circular format.
Very first prototype
The first disc our designers made was made out of cardboard and two meter in diameter. The idea of a double disc wasn’t in play yet at this time.
Experimenting with the real material: acrylic glass. This double disc structure was two meters in diameter; actually bigger than the final one which is 195cm... Also, it didn't get any rubber edge, which made it practically impossible to see while reheasing.
The biggest difference between this and the Second prototype is that you can seperated the back disc from the structure. Other specs are the rubber edge, thicker glass, and thicker metal structure.