Collection by Aaron Britt

LINES Ballet's Mod Sets


Last week I had the pleasure of seeing Alonzo King's LINES Ballet's new production "Triangle of the Squinches" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. King has long been a San Francisco dance mainstay, a restless choreographer whose dazzling, athletic dances blur the lines between modern and classical ballet. For this performance he had two key collaborators: percussionist Mickey Hart (of the Grateful Dead), and architect Christopher Haas who did the sets. Haas's best known work to date are likely H.M. de Young Museum in San Francisco and 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, two projects he managed for Herzog and de Meuron. After seeing the show, I had a chance to talk with Haas about the sets he designed for King. Have a look at the photos in this slideshow and read more about Haas's work. And if you're in the Bay Area, don't miss Triangle of the Squinches, which shows until Sunday, April 24th.

Haas designed two different sets for the two acts of the ballet.
The cords proved supple enough to support dancers leaning on them, but still affected a desired lightness.
The cords ended up serving all manner of functions in the choreography.
For the second act, the dancers had a massive, articulated cardboard wall to contend with.
One of the best moments came when dancers climbed on top of the wall, or hung suspended from it. "Alonzo gave me very...
Despite the gravity of the sets, much of the dance still took place out in front, like this passage of floorwork.
Another particularly memorable moment came when two dancers suspended another to allow her to literally walk across the...
"I never really saw myself doing traditional architecture with a big corporate firm," Haas said. "I love fabrication.