About the Project
For their Lincoln Center performance, architect Anthony Tsirantonakis and choreographer Tamar Rogoff collaborated to produce The Angel of Ascent, an exploration of cycles of time and sources of renewal. Tsirantonakis created an abstract playground, which included three ascending platforms within a twenty-one foot tower and a sixteen-foot slide leading into a sandbox.
Using this architectural playground/totem, Rogoff choreographed a dance theater piece for six performers, complete with a musical score. During the performance, dancers made the difficult ascent to the top of the structure, moved through the complexities of the sculpture, then tumbled down the slide and chose a new costume from the thirty or more displayed at ground level.
Photograph by Maggie Hopp