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, 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.
Bodies in Urban Spaces was originally commissioned by Festival “Quartier d’été” / Paris.