OMA sets the scene for a collaborative performance at Faena Forum

An aerial shot of a circular exhibition space featuring a performance of Once With Me, Once Without Me
The OMA-designed Faena Forum was inaugurated this week with a collaborative performance, Once With Me, Once Without Me.
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Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos, the partners in business (and in life) behind the mammoth Faena Arts District, wanted to kick off Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach with a bang. The result: Once With Me, Once Without Me, a collaborative performance that took place this week involving choreographer Pam Tanowitz, dancers from the Miami City Ballet School, music by Dan Siegler, costumes by fashion designer Sybilla, lighting by Davison Scandrett, and scenography by the building’s architect, Shohei Shigematsu of OMA.

'Once With Me, Once Without Me' inside the OMA-designed Faena Forum, a circular exhibition space.

'Once With Me, Once Without Me' inside the OMA-designed Faena Forum.

(Image credit: Bruce Damonte)

To highlight the cultural space and multipurpose venue, which features a round room topped with an asymmetrical gridded dome, Shigematsu — who has also designed scenography for artist Taryn Simon and exhibition design for 'Manus X Machina' at the Met — conceptualised a white round stage with segments cut throughout in order to seat guests and create a sense of interaction with the movements of the modern ballet. ‘The scenography is basically recognising the feature of architecture to a full extent,’ explained Shigematsu.

The building’s extensive fenestration played a starring role within the performance, with Scandrett creating a lighting arrangement that used the angular openings to create a backdrop. ‘It’s a kind of virtual shadow and light that is a fast forward within a space, so it’s almost like making time and space almost projected in the actual architectural space, and actually recognising the feature of the space, and then the choreography happens with that,’ said Shigematsu.

An aerial view of a crowded street outside the exhibition space.

Faena Forum (left) is the jewel in the district's crown.

(Image credit: Bruce Damonte)

Towards the end of the performance, which took two years of planning, came the big reveal — the movable wall that divides the space opened, and the dancers flooded through, followed by the audience, and guests could see the venue in its entirety.

‘We wanted to make the piece very specific to the building design, and also specific to this location, and the movement of the sound,’ said Shigematsu.

A close-up photograph of performers on stage wearing red and black clothing.

The building's architect Shohei Shigematsu designed the scenography for the show.

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A close-up photograph of performers on stage wearing red and black clothing.

Davison Scandrett riffed on the building's unique fenestration for the performance's lighting arrangement...

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A close-up photograph of a male and female performer on stage.

..while fashion designer Sybilla brought her Spanish flair to the costumes.

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Inside the performance space with performers on stage.

Shigematsu conceptualised a white round stage with segments cut throughout in order to seat guests.

(Image credit: Bruce Damonte)

Inside the performance space with a red lighting theme.

As the show reached its climax, the movable wall that divides the space opened, allowing guests to see the venue in its entirety.

(Image credit: Bruce Damonte)

INFORMATION

For more information, visit the Faena website (opens in new tab) and the OMA website (opens in new tab)