Join Eastbourne-based dance artist Yanaëlle Thiran for The Performance Path, a different kind of walking tour, originally created for Eastbourne Walking Festival in 2022 and returning this September.
The Performance Path Long Route starts and ends at Printers Playhouse. Passing by Towner Eastbourne, it follows the seafront promenade, reaches the Italian Gardens and pauses on Holywell Beach before looping back into town.
Along the way, Yanaëlle Thiran performs short pieces of choreography for you. Silent disco headsets will be provided, enabling you to hear the music chosen or composed for each one. Between the performance locations, you will have the opportunity to talk to other walkers, and perhaps share what these dances and pieces of music evoked for you. Yanaëlle will also tell you how local landmarks inspire her movements.
When returning the headsets to Printers Playhouse, you will be invited to get creative in response to the dances. This will be your chance to pick your path (for examples: writing a poem, drawing, or creating a collage of photos of the walk). Artist Loupe Cooper will gather some of your creations in a booklet, to document a range of experiences of The Performance Path.
Supported by grant funding from Arts Council England and East Sussex Arts Partnership, theproject is part of Eastbourne ALIVE which celebrates and coincides with the Turner Prize2023 exhibition.
Yanaëlle Thiran is a Belgian dancer, choreographer and contemporary dance teacher who trained at London Contemporary Dance School, Art Factory International (Italy), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and the University of Chichester. As a performer, she specializes in cross-disciplinary collaborations with musicians, visual artists and designers. She has danced in stage productions, installations and site-specific works by Kuan-Yu Chen, Kamala Devam, Irene Fiordilino, Amber Hahn, and Eleanor Tapper.
Yanaëlle’s own choreographic works draw connections between movement and sound; bodies and environment; performers of different ages or backgrounds; or performers and audiences.