Calling the fast and flexible to audition

Bodies in Urban Spaces, Willi Dorner. Photo by Lisa Rasti
Bodies in Urban Spaces, Willi Dorner. Photo by Lisa Rasti

THE FIT and the flexible are invited to be part of a ground-breaking work, which will be performed at the opening weekend of this year’s Coastal Currents Arts Festival.

Bodies in Urban Spaces, devised by Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner, sees bodies squeezed into the unlikely nooks and crannies of urban architecture, creating a fast-moving sculptural trail.

It has already hit the streets around the world, from New York to Paris, and on September 21 and 22 will be coming to Hastings.

Dancers, actors, circus performers, parkour runners, martial arts or yoga experts, or those who are just gym enthusiasts are invited to audition to be part of the human spectacle.

Jane Greenfield, one of the organisers of this year’s Coastal Currents festival, said: “Ideally, what we are looking for is between 20 and 25 people who are physically fit with a lot of stamina, strength and balance.”

The Bodies in Urban Spaces team is not looking for performers necessarily, and no professional dance experience is required, just the super-fit and super-bendy, with plenty of enthusiasm.

Those willing will be put through their paces at a two to three-hour audition on August 9, at Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards, from 6pm to 9pm.

The audition will be movement-based, though will not be a dance class.

Jane added: “The idea is that they will follow a route through Hastings, running a lot of the time, and striking poses and forming human sculptures.”

Members of Willi Dorner’s company will be coming to Hastings in August to work out the route.

It will start in the town centre and is likely to finish at The Stade. There will be four performances of the work in total.

Applications must be received by noon on August 5. For more information and to apply visit

Participation is unpaid but performers will be offered local travel and out of pocket expenses during the creation and performance period, September 16 to 22, during which attendance is compulsory.