Walkshop with Alisa Oleva
'Desire Lines' is a collaborative research and performance project that investigates the choices we make with our feet. We explore how landscape and architecture, and the pathways between, all nurture our imaginations and help us define ourselves in an ever changing world.
In 'Desire Lines' the artists from the Esch-based collective Ampersand Variations come together to open up a dialogue between inner and outer landscapes and facilitate innovative ways to engage with place, self, other and community. The paths of exploration are the trails referred to as 'desire lines' in mapmaking and urban planning. These organic paths haven’t been designed by a human brain, but are created naturally by animals and humans, born of our desire for a shortcut, or simply the unconscious following of paths already taken. 'Desire Lines' brings together a multidisciplinary artistic team and local participants. The artists are composer Emre Sevindik, dramaturge / circus artist Frieda Gerson, walking artist Alisa Oleva, scenographer / performance artist Clio Van Aerde and theatremaker Claire Thill, in collaboration with the Kaizen Parkour Academy. During the research period the team meets and interviews local communities, who are also invited to participate in free workshops. From the collected theatrical and documentary material the artists will create a participative, site-specific performance and a number of audiowalks, all of which will feature interviews and binaural field recordings intertwined with new writing and musical compositions.
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