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Rachel Tess’ Souvenir is a project that investigates the relationships between architecture and choreography and choreographer and audience. The work more specifically explores the concept of a mobile architecture versus pre-existing institutional structures and how this design may impact the making and viewing of performance. 


In Souvenir, audiences are intended to explicitly experience the space, frame, bodies, and movement as simultaneously separate, related, and interactive elements. The project was developed in collaboration with carpenter Gian Monti and Opsis Architecture, dancers Luis Rodriguez, Anna Pehrsson and Kenneth Bruun Carlsson and had a residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2013, to later be continued at Wanås Konst the following year.




Light design and photos: Michael Mazzola

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