Willi Dorner (AT)

Bodies in urban spaces is an artistic intervention in city spaces for twenty performers, halfway between theatre and installation. Crowded under a bench, wedged between a group of trees, poised over a fountain, perched on top of walls or camouflaged between door jambs, the artists’ bodies take the public on an unusual itinerary through the spaces of their city. They involve passers-by, residents and the public in the discovery of new performance possibilities and offer new suggestions with which to observe already familiar places. Present for many years in the most important European festivals, the Viennese choreographer Willi Dorner creates with this unusual intervention in urban spaces a real site-specific action, working from city to city with groups of local performers.



The show is itinerant and will be covered on foot.

Departure point: Biblioteca Dergano – Bovisa, Via Filippo Baldinucci, 76
Public transport: bus 82, 92 / tram 2 / Ferrovie Nord Milano and Passante Ferroviario (Bovisa-Politecnico at 850 mt), M3 (Dergano at 950 mt)
Place of arrival: in the middle of Milan



conception Willi Dorner assistant choreographers Esther Steinkogler, Ian Per Dolan photos Lisa Rastl; performers for Milan Carolina Amoretti, Alice Bassetti, Davide Boi, Alessandra Bonincontro, Andrea Campani, Lorenzo Covello, Simona Drago, Antonella Fittipaldi, Alice Giuliani, Cinzia Galliani, Elisa Ghion, Lucrezia Palandri, Melania Pallini, Simone Paris, Mauro Plebani, Samuel Puggioni, Edoardo Sgambato, Francesca Sproccati, Clara Storti, Daniele Tenze assistant for Milan Luci Mazzi organisation Federica di Rosa logistic support Fattoria Vittadini


Viennese choreographer Willi Dorner creates stage performances, site-specific projects, films and installations presented at major international festivals. Bodies in urban spaces (2007) won major international recognition (award for interdisciplinary art at the KOÏNZI-DANCE Festival in Hamburg) and was shown in more than 90 cities worldwide. Finally, Dorner made the short films TREID (1999), mazy (2003), body trail and fleeting (2009), set in motion (2012) and every-one (2015) for cinema.


European cities are growing by the day. They are incorporating the suburbs and becoming metropolises. They are soaring into the sky with important new architectural experiments. They are the driving forces behind economic, social and cultural development, privileged meeting places, incubators of innovation and conflict. They are magnets for immigrants and anyone in search of change. Fast, dynamic, pulsating, but also inhuman, stressful, complex. Increasingly, they tend to lose their specific traits and become confused and similar. Milan is no different. Increasingly innovative, increasingly European, increasingly metropolitan. And, in our opinion, increasingly beautiful.

Focus Urban is therefore a tribute to our city and, at the same time, a form of research, a questioning of its limits and potential. Together with the artists involved, we will try to rediscover it and retell it, bringing its inhabitants onto the stage, penetrating its intimacy with performances in private homes, inhabiting places of transit such as hotels, and reinterpreting public space with Willi Dorner’s performers.



14 – 15 September 2017 h. 20.00
El Conde De Torrefiel (ES)

[performance c/o Triennale Teatro dell’Arte].

23 – 24 and 29 – 30 September 2017 h. 17.45
Cie Willi Dorner (AU)

[urban performance c/o locations in the Isola-Garibaldi districts].

30 September h. 20.00 + 1 October 2017 h. 17.00
and every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 26 October 2017 h. 20.00
Rimini Protokoll (Haug/Kaegi/Wetzel) (DE/CH)
[theatrical table game for 15 spectators c/o private homes].
in collaboration with Stanze

6 – 7 October 2017 h. 20.30 + 8 October 2017 h. 17.00
Fattoria Vittadini (IT)
[dance c/o private houses]

26 – 29 October 2017 h. 18.00, 19.00, 20.00
Snaporaz (IT)
[performance c/o Hotel ZONA Garibaldi].