LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS TO HOLD HANDS WITH STRANGERS…
What does your city look like from someone else’s perspective? How intimate can you be with someone you’ve just met?
Walking:Holding is a project by Glasgow-based artist Rosana Cade. It is a participatory performance for one audience member at a time, offering a gentle exploration of identity, touch and intimacy in urban public space. The project is coming to Valletta as part of Latitude 36 this July and we are looking for a diverse range of local people to take part as participants.
As a participant you will attend a group workshop on Tuesday 2nd July from 6.30pm to 10.30pm a rehearsal on Thursday 5 th July from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and then take part in the performances on Friday 6 th July from 6.30pm-9.30pm and Saturday 7 th July from 3pm to 9pm. In the performance you will be stationed at a specific point in the town and walk with every audience member for about 5 minutes before passing them onto the next participant, then returning to your starting point. Each audience member will walk for about 30-40 minutes and hold hands with about 6 or 7 different local participants. We are looking for people of various genders, backgrounds, sexualities, ages, appearances, races and religions to take part. No previous performance experience is required, just an interest in the project.
To apply, kindly fill in this Google form by Monday 18th June, noon.
Please note that we will be able to cater for a range of access needs and you don’t need to be able to walk. Refreshments are provided. For more information please contact [email protected]. You can find more information about the project on Rosana Cade’s website:
Check out the below video to find out what Walking:Holding is all about:
PREVIOUS PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIES:
“The experience was one of empowerment, both physically and emotionally… I felt a kind of universal love, not so much related to a particular person but manifesting itself as a gratitude to be alive and surrounded by so many other great human beings, all potentially friends.”
“All of it felt very intense and charged, but in such a healthy, positive manner… I feel very changed and I think this helped me unlock a bit of myself that I didn’t really know it was there and it now gives me so many opportunities for self-exploration, if it makes sense. and I think it taught me to be even more patient with others than I already was.”
“It was one of the greatest experiences in my whole life. To feel and be in the gap between private and public, strange and familiar, close and distant.”
“Walking:Holding allowed me to feel safe in opening up about my feelings, speaking truly about my vulnerable state, as well as allowing me to show affection and care for others, even though they were “strangers”.”
Walking:Holding is supported by The British Council.