Archinect - News 2014-09-02T23:11:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/102859400/watch-renzo-piano-s-construction-cranes-dance-in-athens Watch Renzo Piano's construction cranes "dance" in Athens Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-27T13:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:59:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6v2mg7658gwzeq1t.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While Renzo Piano's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/12433302/renzo-piano-unveils-green-roofed-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center-for-athens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stavros Niarchos Foundation&nbsp;Cultural Center in Athens</a>&nbsp;(SNFCC) is still under construction, it didn't keep the first performance from being staged last Wednesday on the site. Based on Renzo Piano's own idea, the Greek National Orchestra scored a 15-minute "dance" performance of ten giant cranes on the construction site, conducted by Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera, Myron Michailidis.</p><p>The cranes' dance was choreographed by Renato Zanella, to music from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gustav Holst's&nbsp;</a><em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Planets</a>&nbsp;</em>-- all with the Pantheon in the background.</p><p>The SNFCC is scheduled to open in 2016, and will include the new home for the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece, and a 42-acre public park.</p><p>You can watch the entire performance below (begins at 10:00):</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60706929/plan-for-cuban-landmark-s-rebirth-sparks-debate Plan For Cuban Landmark's Rebirth Sparks Debate Archinect 2012-11-04T13:03:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:22:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yn1xmtm8b2cgmge.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carlos Acosta's plan to inject life into the island's hidebound ballet scene by refurbishing Havana's crumbling dance school and turning it into an international center for culture and dance has ignited controversy for daring to reimagine the original architect's vision. Acosta was visibly frustrated by the flap over what he views as a way to give something back as he prepares to retire from London's Royal Ballet after a celebrated career.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unfinished Spaces premieres tomorrow night on PBS; Archinect talks to the filmmaker</a></p>