Location: Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Team: Angel Rivero, Adrian Aguilar & Diego Jasso
The addition of an amphitheater and a library to Sonoran Museum of Art was an opportunity to reconsider the role of the performance space in the 21st century. It is a fact it is becoming increasingly detached from traditional hierarchies of performer-spectator and performance spaces require a new degree of flexibility, at times moving away from the single focal point of the performance and incorporating an entire space and the audience.
We set out to find this new configuration of the performance space. We extended a single flat roof comprised of hexagonal modules over the entire site. The roof is a single datum that does not acknowledge any one point below it as its focus. Below it we erect the traditional stepped surface of an amphitheater to allow visibility of the stage but these steps are collapsible to turn a traditional amphitheater into a free topography of gentle inclines. The fixed theatre is no longer present, as performance spaces are created and eliminated as needed in a more active appropriation of the theater.