DPJ’s Urban Form series looks at the interplay between movement and surroundings through the lens of dancers and architecture in downtown Phoenix.

UF Balance Resized

Dancers Jordan Donovan-Schager and Cheyenne Paeper. Photo by Ashley Baker.

“Finding balance in your body is much like finding balance in cityscapes. It takes patience, context, and a fearless hope for possibility of greatness.”

On Roosevelt Row, a tradition of creativity shares a street with new and expanding waves of art and culture. A newer addition to the neighborhood’s landscape is J. Meejin Yoon’s “Shadow Play,” situated in a median between 3rd and 4th Streets on Roosevelt. With its sleek design of white colored triangles emerging from the ground and connecting to create benches and shade structures, this functional art piece has propelled a subtle shift in the way art is used throughout the district.

In this photo, dancers Jordan Donovan-Schager and Cheyenne Paeper added their own wave of creativity to the structure to create this striking scene. Through their interplay with the space, they found a balance between the realms of existing beauty and new artistic creation.