The Changing of the Guard


The Changing of the Guard took place at the Paradiso, Amsterdam.

The guard reflects the importance of the activity inside Paradiso to the outside. The building has many shapes; it is a monument, a church and a temple of rock. Mainly, it is a building of status, an icon. The Changing of the Guard is a bombastic spectacle that challenges the public to estimate the cultural value of a place like Paradiso. The guards protect the spirit of pop culture. They parade at will, and three times a day (rush hour) swap regiments. The official change incorporates lyrics from David Bowie, The Police, and Gene Kelly. Their uniforms refer to military tradition in and out of pop-culture. They incorporate architectural details from inside Paradiso, like the collar detail which is a replica of the lobby floor.

Concept & Costume design: Cecilia Hendrikx en Tara Karpinski Choreography: Gabriella Maiorino
Met dank aan FBKVB en AFK