Sunday Walk is a rule-based, improvised work developed in the open-air setting of Thompson’s Park in Cardiff during the COVID-19 crisis. The basic rule for performers is always to keep two metres distant from colleagues. Through three phases, the score shifts from simple walking in pairs to more complex group interactions.
Sunday Walk was conceived by Louise Ritchie with additional material from Jill Greenhalgh and Mike Pearson. It was developed in weekly sessions, held every Sunday morning for a maximum of 30 minutes.
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Sunday Walk is an outcome of a research project undertaken by Dr Louise Ritchie from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, Aberystwyth University entitled Duet for another time… in which she asks how it might be possible to create physical performance whilst adhering to government regulations for proximity and touch. How has the experience of Covid-19 changed spatial and interactional understandings? What adaptations are now necessary? What will physical practice look and feel like?
Following on-line discussion with Good News From The Future members, Louise conceived a score that commenced with just two people walking together––all that was allowed at the time of restarting working sessions––and that then evolved, as regulations were relaxed.
Videos [Please listen to a soundtrack of your own choice whilst watching]
2020: August and September, Thompson’s Park, Cardiff.
Photos: © Gordon Plant (top); John Rowley (middle and bottom); Videos: © Gordon Plant.