A HOUSE FOR MARTHA GRAHAM
Friedrich Nietzsche said that he would only believe in a dancing god…
What about a goddess…?!
It is the same thing… gods, or goddesses…
Maybe Zaha Hadid was closer to a dancing architecture… maybe… at least as a desiderata…
And Wolf Prix told us that the future of architecture would be non-gravitational, that buildings in the future would hang from the sky…
Wishful thinking, no doubt.
After all, gravity is our only certitude… this mysterious force, called gravitation, is the one that conditions us, yes, but it is also the one that makes us want to fly.
25 years ago the great American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham died, this “Picasso of Dancing,” as she was called…
How to design A HOUSE FOR MARTHA GRAHAM…?
We reproduce below a beautiful statement from her, one that would encourage any struggling artist, that is, any TRUE artist:
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
So then, things might not be too difficult: let’s design a house for that vitality, that life force, that energy and that quickening that Martha Graham identified as being the sources of all artistic creation.
Let’s design THE HOUSE OF OPEN CHANNELS.
Design THE HOUSE OF THAT BEAUTIFUL DISSATISFACTION any true artist has, the one that made Louis Kahn say: “The painter doesn’t live because of what he did, but because of what he didn’t do yet.”
Yes, this magnificent struggle, this “childish” desire to endure, the unending elan vital that makes art possible, urgently so, against all odds.
DESIGN THE HOUSE OF DANCE. A DANCING HOUSE. A LOVER AND BETRAYER OF GRAVITY. THE HOUSE OF TANGO, THE SERPENTINE HOUSE THAT FLIRTS WITH DANGER, THE LOVER OF EARTH, THAT VERY EARTH BETRAYED BY EMBRACING THE SKY.
EMBRACE THE SKY, dear architect, DANCINGLY. DANCE WITH MARTHA GRAHAM. DANCE WITH ZAHA HADID, CELEBRATE BOTH.
AND KEEP BELIEVING.
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