>> bodies in urban spaces
a moving trail for a group of dancers
concept: Willi Dorner
photos: Lisa Rastl
Premiere: Festival Paris Quartier d’été, July 4, 2007
“bodies in urban spaces” is a temporarily intervention in diversified urban architectonical environment. The intention of “bodies in urban spaces” is to point out the urban functional structure and to uncover the restricted movement possibilities and behaviour as well as rules and limitations.
By placing the bodies in selected spots the interventions provoke a thinking process and produce irritation. Passers by, residents and audience are motivated and prompted to reflect their urban surrounding and there own movement behaviour and habits. “Bodies in urban spaces” invites the residents to walk their own city thus establishing a stronger relationship to their neighbourhood, district and town. The interventions are temporarily without leaving any traces behind, but imprints in the eye-witnesses` memory.
“bodies in urban spaces” is a moving trail, choreographed for a group of dancers. The performers lead the audience through selected parts of public and semi-public spaces. A chain of physical interventions set up very quickly and only existing temporarily, allows the viewer to perceive the same space or place in a new and different way - on the run.
The special quality of each place at various times of the day creates unique presentations.
“bodies in urban spaces” is documented by the photographer Lisa Rastl.
With the support of the cultural office of the City of Vienna.
Paris, ‚Festival Paris Quartier d’été’, ‚Urban Connections’ Chamarande; Opera de Lille, France: ‘Happy Day’ by Christian Rizzo; Wien
‘Regionale08’ Steiermark, Austria; ‘URB 08’, urban festival Helsinki; Dansens Hus Stockholm; ‘Philadelphia Live Arts Festival’ USA, ‘Les Dessous du Patrimoine’ Rouen, ‘Tanz in. Bern’ Schweiz
‘Refraction Arts/Fuse Box Festival’, Austen, Texas; ‘Radar’ Loughborough, UK; ‘Viva Cité’ Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France; ‘festivaldes7collines’ St. Etienne, France; ‘Tanz im August’ Berlin; Dance Umbralla, London; Pro Arte, St. Petersburg;
“Danse Fabrique”, Le Fourneau Brest, France; Festival aan de Werf, Utrecht, NL (“urbandrifting”); Use the City-Festival, Kosice, Slovakia; Night of Culture, Lublin, Poland; Garage CCC, Moskow, Russia; ARTORT 012, Heidelberg, Germany; Cultural Olympiade Festival, Swansea, UK; Theater op de Markt/Z33, Hasselt, Belgium; Front@ Festival, Murska Sobota, Slovenia; Cultuurcentrum De Spil, Roeselare, Belgium; Le Bateau Feu, Dunkerque, France; Yokohama, Japan; Festival des Vendanges, Surèsnes, France
Massy, France; Festival Imaginarius, Sta Maria da Feira, Portugal; Kunstpiep 2013, Fidena, Bochum, Germany; Oporto City Centre, Porto, Portugal; Serralves em Festa, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal ; MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth, UK; Jours de Danse, Besancon, France; Sommerszene Salzburg, Austria; Cergy soit!, Cergy, France; Festival Mercé, Barcelona, Spain; Coastal Currents Festival, Hastings, UK; Bangor, Wales, UK
Boulogne sur Mer, France; Les Turbulentes, Vieux Conde, France; Traversée d’Arts, Saint-Ouen (Paris), France; Dublin Dance Festival, Ireland; Theatre Pôle Sud, Theatre Maillon, Strasbourg, France; Mikser Festival, Belgrade, Serbia; Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, USA; Chicago, USA; Parc de la Villette, Paris, France; Tanzsommer Bozen, Italy; Le Mouvement-Performing the City, Biel, Switzerland; Sydney Arts & About, Australia
Festival Antigel, Genf, Switzerland; TAP, Poitiers, France; Espace en cours, Paris, France; Movements, Detmold, Germany; CIRK Festival, Aalst, Belgium; Cityleaks, Köln, Germany; SESC Bienal, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Frankfurter Buchmesse, Frankfurt, Germany; ENSACF Clermont-Ferrand, France; Macau Architecture Promenade, Macau, China