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Ballet building Font Palma, Guadalupe Maria


Dance and architecture have much in common; both involve the experiential movement of the human body through space, and both convey meaning through form. In ballet there are two kinds of meanings, the metaphorical and the literal, but the meanings are important as forms. In architecture, the forms are important when they respond to a use. In a ballet building, where the main use is the dance itself, how can the design of such a building be expressive of its function? How can ballet be analyzed and interpreted to give meaning to a building? Can architecture help to give new meanings to dance? Through the study and interpretation of the elements of ballet, this thesis explores the development of a language that links ballet and architecture and its application in the design methodology of a ballet building.

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