In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.

Nest

Studio Weave were commissioned by the New Movement Collective to design a moving set for an immersive contemporary dance performance in London’s West End. 

The performance was housed in the disused Welsh Chapel building on Shaftesbury Avenue. We designed the set specifically for dancers to interact with as part of a multi-disciplinary collaboration between architects, dancers, lighting designers, sound engineers, structural engineers and animators.

The performance of NEST is a re-imagination of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. 

Throughout the performance visitors were invited to explore the many striking spaces and hidden corners of the former chapel, from act to act, creating an intimate and personal experience for each individual.

The components of the set structure are designed to create an object with a changeable image: from home, to boat, to home again. It is lightweight, demountable, and easy to assemble and manoeuvre, to allow for the performance to adapt to different venues. 

It was finely crafted in close collaboration with Small Projects, using high tech fluorescent paint, which responded to a light show staged by Marshmallow Laser Feast. Made with simple materials (aluminium frame, stainless steel cables and fixings, UV paint and castors), this object took on a life of its own through the choreography of the dancers from NMC.

Here comes Trouble… At NEST, Odysseus, in his troubled way, danced through a sweltering London summer night. While the set danced with the dancers, the dancers danced on the set.

Odysseus’s wanderings were followed by the visitors to the performance, or rather participants. As they moved through the building they created a story that was retold every night. Starting at home in Ithaca, each participant moved  through a subterranean nightmare in the former 1980s Limelight nightclub, which once hosted Boy George and Duran Duran, to see Penelope weaving in the basement among erratic bewitched swine men, and onwards into the midst of a terrifying battle. Death was ever present and our hero Odysseus, who had spilt much blood along the way, ends up being pursued by the participants and the good folk of Ithaca – eventually only the interjection of Athena could persuade Odysseus, cast and participants to give up the destructive vendetta.