The Performance Path (Long Route) starts and ends at Printers Playhouse. Passing by the Towner gallery, it follows the seafront promenade, reaches the Italian Gardens and pauses on Holywell Beach before looping back into town. Along the way, local dance artist 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). Local artist Loupe Cooper will gather some of your creations in a booklet, to document a range of experiences of The Performance Path.
This walk was first offered at Eastbourne Walking Festival 2022. The long and short versions presented this year are supported by Arts Council England and East Sussex Arts Partnership. For more information and a video trailer, please browse the web page below: https://yanaellethiran.wordpress.com/portfolio/the-performance-path-2022/
Difficulty level: Easy
Approximate distance: 3.5 miles
Start time: 10am
Approximate finish time: 1pm
Exact meeting point: Printers Playhouse, 49A Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TX
Public transport to/from meeting point: Eastbourne Railway Station is just a 5 minute walk from the meeting point. Some of the nearest bus stops (also within a 5 minute walk) are Town Hall and Library (routes 3 and 3A), Sorting Office (routes 1, 1A, 4, 51, Loop) and Gildredge Road (routes 6, 8, 51, 54, 98, 501, Loop and more).
Please ensure you wear appropriate walking shoes and bring enough water for the walk.There are several cafes on Grove Road at the beginning and end of the walk. Toilet facilities can be found at the beginning and end of the walk in Printers Playhouse.
Not wheelchair friendly.
Dogs not permitted.