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    Japanese architect Satoshi Okada to work with Co3 on Australian theatre project

    Kirsty Sier

    Celebrated Japanese architect, Satoshi Okada, has been chosen to set the stage in Perth for a new theatre project. In collaboration with Co3 – Western Australia’s contemporary dance theatre – Okada’s architectural work will transform the Heath Ledger Theatre in September for a performance called The Zone.

    Okada, whose architectural portfolio to date has largely centred around residential projects, will be creating a large-scale set piece that explores the intersection of human movement and architecture.

    “For me, dance is the ultimate in figurative sculpture,” says Raewyn Hill, Co3’s creative director. “[It is] an emotionally engaging, embodied language communicating through the third space between performer and viewer.

    “Satoshi Okada’s architectural work is breathtaking in [its] beauty and simplicity, and it is an honour that he has agreed to design the set for The Zone. This is Okada-san’s first foray into designing anything for stage, and I am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to work with him and his team.”

    Prior to being installed in the Heath Ledger Theatre – where it will remain for the duration of the performance cycle – Okada’s architectural set piece will be constructed and displayed at MosArts in Perth’s Mosman Park. It will stay here for the duration of The Zone’s rehearsal period, with the support of Jonathan Lake of architectural firm, HASSELL.

    The Zone will run from 7 to 16 September 2017 at the Heath Ledger Theatre. More information here.

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