Bodies in Urban Space: Artists and dancers mapping the Cincinnati cityscape

Two walking performances: 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday

Even lifelong locals won't recognize Cincinnati as mapped by an Austrian choreographer and the dancers he's tapped to bring his art to life.

"Bodies in Urban Space" is a guided, hour-long walking tour passing a couple dozen streets, alleys, driveways and doorways in Downtown. Throughout, dancers with Cincinnati's Pones Inc. and other local movers huddle, tuck and stack themselves into human sculptures, in places few likely pay attention to on their own travels in the city.

This is the work of Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner and his assistant, Esther Steinkogler. The Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati brought them here to create these performances as an offshoot of the current exhibition, titled "Buildering," which imagines the CAC building and other downtown fixtures as part of an urban playground.

In this video, watch Steinkogler work with Pones dancers to rehearse their human sculptures and talk about the motivation and aesthetic behind this roving visual art.

IF YOU GO ...

WHAT: "Bodies in Urban Space"

WHEN: 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 15

WHERE: Meet at the Washington Park bandstand. Prepare to walk as you follow performers from location to location until the performance reaches the Contemporary Arts Center, at Sixth and Walnut streets.

INFO: (513) 345-8400. There's no cost to join the tour, and you can come and go as you like.

 

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