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Archs & Textures DWTN
Date and Time for this Past Event
Saturday, Jun 18, 2022 12pm - 12:30pm
Hardy Ivy Park
300 W Peachtree St NW
Archs & Textures DWTN, a new site-specific performance piece by Bautanzt Here, explores the unique architectural character of Atlanta's Central Library, which was designed in Brutalist style by Hungarian-born Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer.
Our company was inspired by the range of shapes found inside and outside of the library -- the lattice patterns, the blend of cement and wooden textures, and the monumental staircase structures. We also approached the building from a humanistic perspective, imagining how it might express itself if it could feel emotions. The building might feel like a stranger, an outsider, even an immigrant, next to the buildings more standard-looking for the area.
The library was slated to be destroyed, but saved in 2016 after a multi-year preservation effort led by preservation activists and downtown Atlanta residents, and renovated instead. So, this performance also explores the fragility of a huge cement structure awaiting its fate at the hands of people, significantly smaller and brittle physically compared to it.
This performance series is funded by Arts & Entertainment Atlanta, a neighborhood activation and economic development project for Downtown Atlanta.