Blind Walk Project
Blind Walk project is a unique experimental performance in a public space where the audience and performers come together to create the performance.
The project is an experimental performance with an essential concentration on interaction with audience; every audience member is an active participant who must use their own bodies, that means that they will be active for the entire performance.
This does not mean that the participants are required to move skills or dance background in order to be part of the performance; the activity of the participant will be as simple as possible in everyday life: walking.
- Walking, closed eyes and guidance -
Walking is very simple move that we do not know what we do: make a step, shift the weight and change again.
We do not think when we are walking "ok now I'll be able to lift up one foot and place it on the floor again."
So, we will walk as we do, that is the audience needs, natural movement. But now there is one thing that they do not do 'usually'. They will be walking with their eyes closed in public space where you 'usually' walk alone without having any problem. Each participant will be accompanied by one of our guides who will support them to take care of safety.
It will be a one-on-one experience ; every guide will be together with a participant for the entire performance, it will be a participant's safe keeper as a temporary partner for the time of the performance. In this way, it creates some sort of new relationship between two persons.
The audience will see them all in black as they close their eyes; what they can rely on is movement and other senses such as hearing, smell, taste and touch. Many things in our surrounding move and we are consciously and unconsciously finding a way to relate with them. When the eyes are closed, only black space will remain.
This black space creates the shift of mind focus. More information on the inside of the image of your imagination. from other senses.
The audience wants to go through the journey and is not likely to be confronted mentally and physically by how much it is limited to normal.
After this performance, they will experience the differences in the world.
I believe our thoughts and ideas are made around the world. If we want to understand ourselves and our world, we have to understand the material forces and surroundings of yourself in our world.
Direction/Concept : Mami Izumi
Adviseer : Yvette van der Slik
Costume design : Verena Klein
Image design : Audrey Wang
Mami Izumi is produced by Gotra
co-produced by VIA ZUID
Blind Walk is supported by fashionclash festival
Big thanks to the performers : Louisa, Bela, Zoe, Greta, Milotte, Ameera
Blind Walk Performance @Museumnacht Maastricht
This project has developed into performance that was especially made for Museumnacht Maastricht in May 2019. Six performers who are very enthusiastic to explore the new type of performance challenged themselves performing for 3 hours long in front/middle of 300 audience. The performers kept the eyes closed and spoke bodily their language of movement and the imagination, they need to be free and opening the vulnerability. This way the audience get involved strong to the performance even they can become the performance which eventually created a new way of communication and experience of connection.