Vertical Performance Space

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As in the Dante’s Divine Comedy, the visitors start their journey from underground and find their way upwards. On the way up, they encounter several micro-performances within the void of one solid fly tower. Like the individual street performances during the Day of the Dead celebrations, these plays also merge to create a landscape of multifold representations that is informing the overall layout of the building as a vertical street.

Day of the Dead Society

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Day of the Dead Society

México D.F.

Day of the Dead is devoted to the faithful souls. It is a cheerful event that embraces the death and the prolongation of life. Mexicans live together with the idea of death. It is a national symbol that embodies the colonial experience of the country. The society is simultaneously European and other. And the spaces created here present this simultaneity. Aztec and Catholic cultures are interwoven.

Day of the Dead is a playful eleboration of the death, where the urban space is animated by individual creations. Altars, personal manifestation spaces and street performances are bound together into a complex texture of a national celebration. The medium varies, so does the message. The attendants enact their own utopia/dystopia. They create countersites where the dead and the living confront each other.

The Day of the Dead Society welcomes the visitors willing to experience the duality of life and death.

It is a space of represetation, where the world is organized through the semantic constructions. It connects the underworld to heaven and the space inbetween becomes as meaningful as both of them. It is a cultural comfort zone that is shaped according to different belifs and supersititons about death.

It is a twofold theatre complex, which provides an independent ground to develop, practice and publicize personal plays. The stages are the reflections of two contrasting views:

1. Theatre of the Death, is an underground, marginal and melancholic space that represents the modern image towards the ‘cult’ of the death.

2. Theatre of the Life, is the place, where the life is the mirror of death. It stands in for the afterlife of fortunate souls that finally meet their god in heaven. It celebrates and welcomes the death like medieval catholic societies.

The visitors are expected to experience both spaces through a series of interactive micro-performances and obtain their own understanding about Mexican culture, life and death.