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Commissioned to create hypothetical Shakespearean theaters for the 21st century, Rockwell Group, one of 5 teams invited to participate, responded… Read More
Commissioned to create hypothetical Shakespearean theaters for the 21st century, Rockwell Group, one of 5 teams invited to participate, responded with “Transparent Theater: Alchemy and Transformation,” a portable space that would celebrate the ephemeral experience of live theater by breaking down the formality of a structured theatrical environment, opening it up to the sky and the surrounding landscape. The conventional theater house is replaced with an embracing structure comprising a mutable, permeable membrane with pivoting scrims suitable for projections like the stage itself. It bears some resemblance to the original Globe, but with significant, diplomatic modifications. Spaces are layered to accommodate the widest possible range of interactions, at a range of scales, in a variety of settings. Smaller, “fringe” versions of the structure could be placed in settings as diverse as a classroom or park. Rockwell Group presented the structure in a festival setting, using modules built from a kit of scaffolding parts. The firm’s proposal could be assembled anywhere around the world. It was represented by drawings, models, and computer renderings. Read Less
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“Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater forthe 21st Century” at The National Building Museum