CINCINNATI—Most tours of the city stop at historic buildings, intersections and other storied locales. "Bodies in Urban Space" led audiences on Father's Day along a tour of Cincinnati's overlooked urban core.
The concept of Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner, "Bodies in Urban Space" uses "faceless" bodies to call attention to otherwise little-noticed urban spaces. In Cincinnati, Dorner's choreographic assistant, Esther Steinkogler, worked with about a dozen local dancers and the Contemporary Arts Center to pinpoint and highlight a couple dozen sites for human sculpture.
Those sculptures took form on Sunday, June 15, with two free public performance tours. Tour guides led audiences of hundreds through about a mile of streets, alcoves and alleys from Washington Park to the arts center. All the while, dancers raced in duos, quartets and the half-dozen from one locale to the next, erecting themselves into previously rehearsed sculptures before audiences arrived.