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THE WALKING PROJECT (article first published : 2005-07-13)

The US-based Walk & Squawk Performance Project, in association with the University of KwaZulu-Natal Drama Studies Department in Pietermaritzburg will present a work-in-process performance of The Walking Project and a festival of special events at the Hexagon Theatre on July 15 and 16.

The weekend is a culmination of a four-week developmental residency with visiting artists from the US and includes theatre and music performances, a print exhibition and a poetry and music jam session.

The Walking Project is an interdisciplinary performance and cultural exchange project developed collaboratively with US and South Africa-based artists during a series of residencies in Detroit and KZN from 2003 through 2006. The piece will premiere next year in Detroit and tour in 2007. Conceived by Walk & Squawk Artistic Directors Hilary Ramsden and Erika Block, the project explores the 'desire lines' or paths made by people who walk across fields in South Africa and across vacant lots in Detroit - and what connects them.

Using these desire lines as a springboard, The Walking Project looks at these paths and how they are formed through culture, geography, language, economics and love. It explores how people make their own paths; how and why people's paths cross; and how changing patterns of movement alter perceptions, attitudes and lives.

South Africa-based collaborators who will be in Detroit in June include Morwenna Bosch, Arifani Moyo and Omri Nene. US-based collaborators are Erika Block, Blair and Hilary Ramsden.

On July 15 at 18h00 the performance features Detroit and South African artists in a work-in-process showing followed by a discussion with the audience.

On July 16 at 12h00 there will be performance of The Enchanted Mountain, a UKZN student production about the Shembe religion, recently returned from its appearance at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. At 13h30 and 19h00, the Walking Project performance features Detroit & South African artists in a work-in-process showing, followed by a discussion with the audience after which there will be a Music & Poetry Jam Session and Reception a free form jam session with local and visiting musicians & poets riffing on walking, Detroit & South Africa. At 15h15, there will be a performance by the Mafunze Black Singers from KwaSongonzima and Injabulo Afro Singers from KwaXimba.

Walking Print Exhibit artists from UKZN and the University of Michigan exhibit their year-long exploration of walking (on display all weekend)

The activities take place at the Hexagon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus. There is a sliding scale of admission of R5-R25.

More information on 033 260 5537or visit www.walksquawk.org

”The Walking Project” is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, MASCO Corporation Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Altria Group, Inc. and the Peck Family Foundation. Walk & Squawk is a participant in the New Generations Program, funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for American theatre.




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