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Take Flight

Take Flight Walkshop

CC-BY-NC: Nicolene Burger & Duduzile Mathebula

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This audio-guided ‘walkshop’ takes participants on a journey of considering city spaces as holding constructed histories and narratives. It aims to create a space for these histories and narratives to be inclusively reconstructed. The audience follows two female performance artists’ verbalized, internal processes while they perform the act of walking in South African cities. Encouraging the contemplation of the meeting between the private and the public sphere.

The destabilization and visual change brought about by this audio walkshop, guiding bodies to walk in cities with a conscious intention to tell alternative stories are how we imagine changing narratives. A prominent motivation behind this collaboration is to use or intuitive and emotional process of art-making to question: “Why are/is you/it still here?” and interject our bodies through performative action into public spaces where contested histories need to be confronted in the present.

Prompts:
-Take a journal and bottle of water with you.
-Find a place in Catalonia where a monument is in sight or a space accessed by many tourists- like a public park.
-Decide on a repetitive route that you can walk over and over during this walkshop (like a circle or pendulum route). Imagine your repetitive walking cleansing the public space.
-In the pauses between the reflections of the two performance artists reflect on what was said- look at the space around you and imagine a new and more inclusive public space.
-After the walkshop is finished, sit down in the space and journal/mind-dump about what the walkshop stirred in you.

Music contributors: Matthew Blommetje (Uhadi); Thabo Krouwkam (monochord, guitar, and vocals); choir (unknown, coincidentally they performed on the day we did the first iteration of Take Flight in Cape Town)

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