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The history — and the future — of the stage

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The Shed and Lawrence Weiner's IN FRONT OF ITSELF (rendering).

The Shed and Lawrence Weiner's IN FRONT OF ITSELF (rendering). 

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Image courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.

Joshua Dachs is one of America’s premier designers of theatrical spaces, and his firm, Fisher Dachs Associates, has worked on performance halls — renovating them, designing them from scratch — all over America and the world, from Lincoln Center to the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera in Hong Kong. Last year he wrote an article for American Theatre, “Improvise, Imitate, Formalize, Reject, Repeat: How the Wheel of Innovation Turns,” about the history of the stage, how it evolved and how it's still evolving.

He takes us on a historical tour from Ancient Greece, to Shakespearean England, to Renaissance Italy, to Broadway and beyond.

One of Dach’s latest projects is The Shed, a new multi-arts center designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group on Manhattan’s West Side, opening in 2019.

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