Walking on the Wall: an introduction to the field of design choreography

 

Lecture/performance/fairground ride

 

2012 October 6, National Art Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
Curated by Dovilė Tumpytė and Gerda Paliušytė

 

“I have in the past felt sorry for the ceilings and the walls. lt is perfectly good space, why doesn’t anyone use it?!", Trisha Brown once said while stepping out through a window to take a walk on the façade of house. The pioneer of contemporary dance, she didn't begin to explore wall walking with ballet shoes, but rather using climbing equipment. She not only created an entire new choreography vocabulary and space for dance, but also demonstrated that discoveries in choreography often arise from a change in physical surroundings or settings, in this case combining architecture with harnesses, wires and pulleys. It is this insight of hers that embodies the approach of design choreography that I am developing — creating human movements through design.

 

This hybrid of lecture and fairground ride reconstructed the famous American choreographer, Trisha Brown’s piece “Walking on the Wall" (1971). Unlike similar reconstructions, this re-enactment was performed not just by the author but by the audience as well — the public was given a chance to take a stroll on the façade of the National Art Gallery.

Walking on the Wall - National Art Gallery, 2012 - photo: Aistė Valiūtė and Daumantas Plechavičius
Walking on the Wall - National Art Gallery, 2012
Photo: Aistė Valiūtė and Daumantas Plechavičius
Walking on the Wall - National Art Gallery, 2012
Photo: Aistė Valiūtė and Daumantas Plechavičius
Walking on the Wall - National Art Gallery, 2012
Photo: Aistė Valiūtė and Daumantas Plechavičius
Walking on the Wall - National Art Gallery, 2012
Photo: Aistė Valiūtė and Daumantas Plechavičius