Walking

Robert Wilson in collaboration with Theun Mosk and Boukje Schweigman

Monday 20 August - Sunday 2 September

UK première

Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s landmark contribution to the London 2012 Festival is a major collaboration with the visionary director and artist Robert Wilson. Together with Dutch visual artist Theun Mosk and theatremaker Boukje Schweigman, Wilson combines sculpture, installations and the sweeping scenery of the north Norfolk coast to create a unique artistic experience that explores and redefines our relationship with the landscape.

This ambitious participatory event will redefine a stunning three-mile swathe of the coastline with a series of visual and sound installations that provide a thought-provoking contrast with the landscape.

Audience members walk individually at a deliberately slow pace moderated by guides, allowing them to encounter and react to the variety of sculptural forms and spaces that intersperse the route on their own terms. As they do so, participants slip into the role of the performer; nature becoming their stage.

The route has been carefully chosen to include a variety of land forms and environments, juxtaposing dune and woodland, hill and valley, meadow and beach. The installations are fixed points that punctuate the walk, sometimes channelling the walker’s vision to reveal the unexpected, sometimes providing a telling focus or contrast with the panorama, but always encouraging us to question and reflect upon our relationship with the landscape and the environment.  Walking will be a powerful and thrilling event, and an intensely individual experience for each participant. The slow pace of the walk means that the whole event will take about four hours to complete.

Robert Wilson’s collaboration with Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a genuine highlight of the London 2012 Festival. The career of the pioneering American visual artist and director has included genre-redefining roles as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor and video artist. His celebrated collaborations with a wide variety of leading artists have made him one of the most exciting and challenging artistic talents of our time. Robert Wilson first developed his ideas for Walking in 2008 at the Oerol Festival in the Netherlands.

On sale from beginning of April

Suitable for ages 14+

With thanks to Natural England and the Holkham Estate

Presented in association with Norwich Theatre Royal

If you would like to find out how you can get involved with Walking as a volunteer, email walking@nnfestival.org.uk

Walking has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.