Bodies in Urban Spaces
By Willi Dorner
Performed by Abhilash Ningappa, Anna Tytus, Annalisa Montemurno, Anne Marie Honggokoesoemo, Dani Lima, Esther Vanessa Steinkogler, Francesca Ceccotti, Gon Rabau, João Cidade, Katia Ben, Katrine Kroløkke Jørgensen, Khaled Barghouthi, Kiki Alf L’ange, Klara Verhaert, Léo Forêt, Lies Mahy, Maria Ferreira Silva, Maria João Rodrigues, Michael Helland, Olympe Tits, Paola Zampierolo, Patricia Carolin Mai, Perri Sadurní, Roseta Ou Yea, Santo Borda, Saskia De Ronde, Shosha van Kranendonk, Tracee Marie Westmoreland, Verena Vuori, Veronique Alter, William Accary, and Youri De G
Antwerpen Open MAS Opening Festival, May 13-16, 2011 (Antwerp)
“Bodies in urban spaces” is a temporarily intervention in diversified urban architectural environments. The intention of “Bodies in urban spaces” is to point out the urban functional structure and to uncover the restricted movement possibilities and behavior as well as rules and limitations. By placing the bodies in selected spots the interventions provoke a thinking process and produce irritation. Passersby, 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.
Photos courtesy Antwerpen Open and Company