Bodies in Urban Spaces by Willi Dorner

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Vienna-based choreographer Willi Dorner presented a public art series called ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’ in the Lower Manhattan area last Sunday and Monday. This human architecture is made of 22 dancers and performers in orange hoodies, purple tights and bright green who turned themselves into human sculptures that complement the surrounding architecture.

Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled

As the sun rose over the Financial District, dozens of wide-eyed spectators watched the performers install themselves atop fire hydrants, across park benches - and at one point, between the pillars of the New York Stock Exchange.

“Bodies in Urban Spaces” is a part of French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line festival. Willi Dorner has been performing similar exhibition for the last couple of years on various parts of the world including Austria, England, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the US.

Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled

Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by choreographer Willi Dorner.  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
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Audience members watch as performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by choreographer Willi Dorner.  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
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Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by choreographer Willi Dorner.  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
NYBODIES

Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by choreographer Willi Dorner.  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
NYBODIES

Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by choreographer Willi Dorner.  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
NYBODIES 

Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by choreographer Willi Dorner.  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
NYBODIES

Performers situate themselves into position during a piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces" by choreographer Willi Dorner.  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
NYBODIES

Choreographer Willi Dorner takes a bow at the end of his piece entitled "Bodies in Urban Spaces".  Starting at sunrise, the performers inched their way into different spaces throughout lower Manhattan.

CREDIT: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
NYBODIES

Choreographer Willi Dorner takes a bow at the end of the tour Sunday.

Photos: Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal

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