City intervention from the URBAN-CITY-URBAN cycle
by Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser

The project DRESSING THE CITY AND MY HEAD IS A SHIRT focuses on the relationship between people, clothes and urban space. Clothes are our second skin, the membrane between our body and the environment. They are the link between our inner and outer worlds and make a public statement. Amid the hubbub of daily city life, ten dancers and performers perform in distinctive areas within a city. In the ensuing dialogue with the local surroundings, their bodies and hundreds of items of all sorts of clothing, bizarre, abstract images emerge. Hovering between fragility and vitality, the actors interlace themselves with their surroundings and install themselves in the public space – a transparent “self-enmeshment” of individuals, architecture and daily life.

“The positioning of the performers, their playing with poses and pieces of clothing as a sculptural medium has given both a dynamic and delicate, even poetic power to the dimensions of human being and urban space. It took place in everyday life, but radiates far beyond.”
Junge_Kunst - #89 Heft Nr. 04/2011 / Ann-Katrin Günzel

Premiere: Cologne, 2011
Further performances in: São Paulo (BRA), Arnheim (NL), Viersen (GER)
Supported by: Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln