The Long Walk to the Performance
‘This is a party, a Search Party and we made it just for you. Put on your best outfit, let your hair down and dance like no-one’s watching.’
In The Long Walk to the Performance Search Party attempt to re-tell and re-enact stories of hope and optimism, of tragedy and regret. Framed as a party, the performance borrows customs and games associated with communal celebrations to playfully re- tell stories including Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, the whale who swam up the Thames and died a hero and the Apollo moon landings. Search Party are determined to remain optimistic but as the tragedies accumulate and the failures escalate, it becomes a test of optimistic endurance.
The Long Walk to the Performance is a studio work originally commissioned by the Exeter Phoenix. The performance has toured throughout the UK and was selected for the National Review of Live Art in 2008.The Long Walk to the Performance has been documented by the Live Art Development Agency and appears on their Joining the Dots DVD, copies available on request.
Duration: 1 hour