May 27, 2014

Rediscover Chicago's Loop, June 21-22 at the Chicago Premiere of Bodies in Urban Spaces

Mary May     312.744.0576

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of bodies in urban spaces performed by local dance artists and choreographed by Willi Dorner. The free performances will begin at Daley Plaza (50 West Washington Street) on Saturday, June 21 at 11am and 5pm and on Sunday, June 22 at 11am. Audience members will meet at the Picasso to start their journey through the Loop to an unnamed, final destination.

bodies in urban spaces will take audience members on a mile-long adventure through Chicago’s Loop starting in Daley Plaza. The moving performance is choreographed by Austrian dance-maker Willi Dorner and will feature a group of dancers from various local companies. The performers lead the audience on an entertaining journey utilizing public and semi-public spaces as their stage. Along the way, they create a chain of living sculptures, built from the dancers’ bodies existing temporarily in a doorway, on the side of a building or on the sidewalk. Spectators will have the chance to view performers as they test the limitless physicality of the human body, ultimately transforming a once vacant space into a temporary art installment.

The mastermind behind bodies in urban spaces is choreographer Willi Dorner. Founder of Vienna-based dance company Cie. W. Dorner, his international recognition is garnered through his stimulating and groundbreaking dance performances and his vision to create events that are keen on crafting new experiences, insights and perception of everyday life for his audience members. This is exemplified by some of his most recent work, including bodies in urban spaces.

bodies in urban spaces is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of the DCASE Theater and Dance series. For information on all productions presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit our website: and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE.

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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