Studio EMBT, led by Benedetta Tagliabue, was commissioned to design the scenography for the “Nearly Ninety” production, which celebrated the 90th anniversary of the veteran dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, who is one of the most innovative of the twentieth century for his contemporary dance style without story line.
The structural analysis of the tubular assembly has been carried out by the engineering firm MC-2 Estudio de Ingeniería, maintaining a very active dialogue with the designers,adjusting almost real-time their requirements to the safety and service requirements applicable an a stage. This information flow has been the key to completing the project.
One of the main features is that the structure had to be dismountable according to the disassembly proposed by the architects in close relationship with the MC-2 team, who analyzed the assembly process and the behavior of the assembled structure. The structure’s versatility has been increased by enabling the possible folding of its main cantilever by means of an hydraulic system.