The art of walking
Created by Carin Jean White, Itsaso Iribarren & Germán de la Riva
June - August 2020 at Artpark
This summer offers an opportunity to experience Artpark as you never have before.
The ART OF WALKING, created through an international collaboration between New York-based theatre and visual artist Carin Jean White and artists Itsaso Iribarren & Germán de la Riva from Spain, traces and celebrates Artpark’s history, unique landscape and ecology, art and more. Together, we will connect with Niagara’s ancient past, engage with the present & imagine the future.
Much more than a traditional walking tour, the ART OF WALKING is a moving meditation combining walking, stillness, listening and site-specific performance in which all are active participants exploring the nature, poetry and story of Artpark while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Two trained performers will lead groups of up to 25 participants. Headphones will be provided through which you may listen to your guides, ambient sounds and music of the park.
Angela Lopez, Phil Wackerfuss
Michael Wells, Alexia Buono
Stage Manager: Ally Hasselback
Participants will wear provided headphones to listen to guides, ambient sounds and music of the park. Headphones and other provided materials will be sanitized prior to each tour and headphones will also be equipped with one-use earpiece covers. In addition to sanitation measures, all participants will be required to wear masks and socially distance at check-in and for the duration of the tour. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mask, masks will be provided for those who do not bring one. Restrooms will be available for use and to wash hands. Read more on Artpark's Social Distancing Safety Protocols for Art of Walking
Please wear comfortable shoes. Flip-flops are discouraged. Applying insect repellent is also suggested.
What people are saying:
"It was a beautiful night and great to be relaxed enjoying art and the outdoors" -- Charlene S. - Buffalo
"The performance and walk were so relaxing." -- Susan W. - Getzville
"It was fun doing something different. Walking in the woods and dancing on a painting." -- Kathy S. - Buffalo
"A wonderfully creative manner to experience our beloved Artpark." -- Shoshanna and Shannon - Youngstown
Saturdays & Sundays at 4pm
WHERE: Participants will meet in at the picnic shelter nearest the Emerald Grove/Percussion Garden area. Enter Artpark at South 4th St, make an immediate right into Parking Lot D. Park nearest to the brown brick building with three large flagpoles. Look for white A-Frame sign marking check-in table.
ADMISSION*: $15 plus an optional basket meal
DURATION: About 1 HOUR with meal option to follow (advance order required)
GROUPS OF 25: Call (716) 754-4375 or email [email protected] for special packages
Recommended for ages 14 & up
*Advance registration is requested, as tours will adhere to social distancing guidelines and may reach capacity in advance.
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*Online orders are subject to service fees
Tickets and basket meal upgrades can also be purchased by phone at 716-754-4375
The project is created by an international collaboration between Artpark, American writer and theatre director Carin Jean White, and Spanish performance artists Germán de la Riva and Itsaso Iribarren -- who created the initial concept of the Art of Walking in Europe, and the team at the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area.
The Art of Walking Team
Carin Jean White is a theatre and visual artist. Favorite projects include resident directing Spiegelworld’s EMPIRE on Broadway; directing, designing and adapting HAMLET CU3ED at Access Theatre in NYC, a fusion of theatre and visual installation; directing the Utah premiere of NICKLED AND DIMED for Salt Lake City’s Women’s Week; and directing and designing SECRET LIFE (produced by Unicycle Productions), an exploration of the Prague’s history using street theatre and visual installation for the Prague Quadrennial. She has worked with Performance Workshop (Taiwan), California Shakespeare Theatre Company, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and Sundance Theatre Lab amongst others. Carin’s large scale paintings and installations have been shown throughout NY and the Bay Area. She is co-artistic director of Excellent Creature Theatre Company (Garrison, NY) and founding director of Kingston STEP, a free theatre-training program for teens. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University where she currently teaches in the Writing Program. Carin resides in the Hudson Valley.
Itsaso Iribarren & Germán de la Riva
These artists and researchers have worked together since 2005. During this time they have created several pieces addressing topics such as history of dance, contemporary forms of life and work or the relationship between body and industrial processes. They have presented their work at different venues and cultural events through Europe and South America.
They have been awarded with different prizes such as 2018 Artistic Creation Prize of Pamplona City Council, and 1st Prize in the 2014 Theater Texts Contest of the Circo Price Theater of Madrid. They also won 1st Prize in the 2009 Audiovisual Creation Award of the Government of Navarra and 1st Prize in the 2011 Video Dance Award of the UARCIS University of Chile. They both hold a MA Practice as Research from Castilla-La Mancha University. As dancers they have trained at studios from Bilbao, London, Buenos Aires and Madrid.