Squeezing in for artist
VERY odd-looking assemblages of bodies will be crammed into extremely unlikely spots, with Willi Dorner's Bodies In Urban Spaces.
The touring show has raised eyebrows across Europe, with people stuffed into children's play equipment in playgrounds, in hallways of high-rise flats, and in archways and alcoves of the world.
Willi and his cohorts have drawn attention from several police forces, who have halted some of their performances for fear they were burglars or vandals.
The dancers, gymnasts and free-runners will put on their quirky shows as part of Swansea Uni's Taliesin Arts Centre's Dance Days festival, With their part going ahead tomorrow and Saturday at 12.30pm and 4pm.
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Willi said: "Bodies in Urban Spaces is a performing trail which leads through unseen and rediscovered spaces, encouraging audiences to reflect on their urban surroundings.
"As bodies are temporarily squeezed, arranged, balanced and rearranged along the route, the rules and restrictions of our urban environment are explored and perceived in a unique way — on the run."
That show will be just one of many surreal happenings expected to unfold this weekend, with Phillippe Saire taking up residency at 11.30am and 3.15pm on Saturday at Swansea's Victoria Park, next to the Guildhall.
And it seems bowling tickles his fancy. His live choreography, called Jack, gathers up eight of Swansea Bowling Club's oldest and youngest members to help him with the show.
Crowds will gather on Saturday too for the arrival of the first lady and the President of the US, though aboard the Adain Avion plane currently parked up outside the city's Waterfront Museum.
Citrus Arts host the state visit at 1.30pm, 3.15pm and 4.45pm.
Inspired by the 1960s origins of the fuselage. Citrus and Eddie Ladd have created a fictional snapshot of an imagined American president and his First Lady on a surprise state visit to Swansea. This spontaneous visit triggers dramatic consequences that result in an on-board, immersive experience. Also coming in to land on Saturday will be L'uomo uccello, the Birdman. Rachael Mossom, Fabrizio Petrachi and Micol Persio bring to life the bizarre character of Claudio Montuori, who busks on the streets of Rome's Trastevere district using the strange instruments he finds.