Thursday, 28 October 2010

Bodies in Urban Spaces - Willi Dorner

“Bodies in Urban Spaces, besides being a wonder of organization and stamina, was a model of public art: free, fun, and transformative.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

At sunrise and sunset, audiences will be led by performers through the streets around Wall Street. As they walk along narrow cobblestone streets, they will encounter dancers transforming themselves into “human sculptures” that extend seamlessly into the surrounding architecture. The performance trail has been determined by Willi Dorner, the work’s Vienna-based choreographer, with the goal of intensifying the experience of the neighborhood, its history, its present, and the relationship of urban design to the human form.

Willi Dorner Bio:
Willi Dorner is a choreographer, curator, and video artist who combines disciplines to subvert and question our perception of movement and dance. He has been active as a choreographer in Vienna since the late 1980s and is regarded as one of the most important choreographers working in Europe today. His pieces have appeared in festivals and venues in Europe, Africa, North, and South America and China. His recent work, Bodies in Urban Spaces was created in France and has since toured in Austria, England, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the US. He has also worked as a guest choreographer for the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Dance Theatre Ireland in Dublin, and the Scottish Dance Theatre.

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