Ephemeral Architecture

architect Neven Fuchs-Mikac
project Glass stage for dance performance, Oslo, Norway
written by Neven Fuchs-Mikac


Architecture and contemporary dance frequently inspire and challenge each other’s art. The choreographer’s work with space created with body, movement and light and the architect’s ability to think place, structure and materials in spatial terms mingle easily together, opening new thoughts within their own spheres – extending their disciplinary borders. The challenge lies in the fact that architecture and dance represent two quite different forms of spatial expression. While architecture works on a fixed system of constraints that are the result of the spatial organization dictated by “floor, wall and roof”, in dance there is a lack of limitations. It is an ephemeral and basically free art form, where the dancer’s sensation of his or her bodily freedom represents the only spatial resistance.