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Bodies in Urban Spaces
May 28, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Arriving in Toronto for the first time after being performed in more than a hundred cities worldwide, Bodies in Urban Spaces is a moving trail choreographed for a group of local dancers. The colourfully-clad performers use their bodies to explore, and respond to, the city’s architecture, leading audiences on a breathtaking tour through Toronto’s streets. As passersby join in, the collective experience grows, setting in motion a chain of temporary physical interventions. Performers’ bodies, entangled with one another, are tucked into the gaps between buildings and stacked on stairways, evoking awe and disbelief, and inspiring the viewer to perceive a familiar place in a new and different way – on the run.
Dorner’s work creates unexpected interventions in the urban environment that highlight the unique nooks, niches, and crannies of our streets and alleyways, city spaces that are often overlooked. Bodies in Urban Spaces also points to the ways our movement and behaviours are restricted in public space. By playfully misusing public space, the performance invites us to reflect on our relationship to public space, and who and what it is for.
What to expect:
- Walking required
- Walk will take place primarily on accessible sidewalks. Accessible route options available, please reach out if you require an accommodation
- Washrooms available at end of the tour
This performance is one in a series of four performances of Bodies in Urban Spaces as part of The Bentway’s Summer 2022 Season: STREET.
About the Artist
Willi Dorner lives and works in Vienna, where he develops his artistic works, which go on international tour. His projects include pieces for the stage, site specific performances and installations. Willi Dorner is also active in the field of short films, visual arts and stage photography. Most works are created in collaboration with artists and scientists from various fields.
Besides his internationally touring dance performances, Willi Dorner is keen on creating events that give the audience the opportunity for new experiences, insights and a different perception of everyday life.
Esther Baio: Assistant Choreographer