Urbandrifting is a mash up of two former projects. Both projects were developed out of a research on our built environement and focuses on two objects: a specific object that we need in daily life – the chair. The performers present in a walking tour several situations . The chair is an object we know. In a “sculptural dialogue” between performers and chair it turns into an abstract form and bodies and chair take on different shapes – sculptural moments. The contradictory use of the chair allows a new differentiated perception of our behaviour- and movement habits.
And a plank that can be the element or part of a wall or of a floor or of a ceiling. It is used separatedly as a single element and connects with walls and ceilings found in the city. The human being that uses it, establishes individual relationships and merges with or opposes its built surroundings.
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Concept / Choreography
Esther Steinkogler (on the photograph)
2010 Theater der Welt, Esse, Germany
2011 Festival Boo:m, Seoul, South Korea
2012 Festival aan de Werf, Utrecht, Netherlands
Im Rahmen von Spaziergängen in der Umgebung des Westbahnhofs stellte das Tanzquartier Willi Dorners aufsehenerregendes Projekt „fitting“ vor. Zu einem architektonischen Konzept Gabu Heindls durchleuchtet Dorner in seiner Choreographie das Verhältnis von Großstadtarchitektur zum Menschen, der sich dem Raum zunehmend anpassen muss. Spektakulär kleben die Performer an Hauswänden, balancieren über Haustoren. In einem Hof bauen sie schließlich aus Brettern und Stühlen ein fiktives Wohnhaus und wiederum sind es Grenzen, die durch Kreativität bezwungen werden.
No matter if they draw abstract patterns with lines on plates into the air, or hold up the lyrics of songs like ‚I don’t need millions’, the uniformed seriousness, the straigth look, the exactly synchronized activities, this all attests to a system of equalization how it is intrinsically tied to the industrial mass production or military training. Willi Dorner however now puts this standardization into a smart relation with early 20th century’s revue dances and shows with easy, but effective chorus line routines, that an epoch’s spirit extends to all aspects of society.“
„With every-one Willi Dorner and his wonderful dancers […] succeed in creating a humorous and entertaining intervention in public space“
It was the internet craze that saw people all over the world trying to outdo their online rivals by lying down ‘like a plank’ in the most unusual places. But a performance artist has taken ‘planking’ to the next, and more literal, level by planking… with a plank.