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`The Art of Walking` guides Phil Wackerfuss and Angela Lopez (Photo by Jordan Oscar/Artpark)
"The Art of Walking" guides Phil Wackerfuss and Angela Lopez (Photo by Jordan Oscar/Artpark)

More than a traditional walking tour experience: 'The Art of Walking' begins at Artpark

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Thu, Jun 25th 2020 11:35 am

Connect with Niagara’s ancient past, engage with the present & imagine the future

Tours begin this Saturday, June 27, and continue on weekends through Aug. 29

This summer, visitors are invited to reinterpret the Artpark experience through “The Art of Walking.” A new approach to a traditional walking tour, participants will explore the nature, poetry and story of Artpark in an engaging and surprising way while adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

“The Art of Walking” was created by an international collaboration of New York-based theater and visual artist Carin Jean White and Catalan artists Itsaso Iribarren and German de la Riva. 

Performance artists Angela Lopez, Phil Wackerfuss, Michael Wells and Alexia Buono will lead the tours at Artpark. 

Beginning Saturday, June 27, groups of up to 25 participants will be led by two performance artists, weaving a moving meditation combining walking, stillness, listening and cheerful interaction.

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, through masks will be provided for those who do not bring one. Restrooms will be available for use and to wash hands. Click here to read more on the safety protocols in place for “The Art of Walking” tours. 

Upcoming tours are scheduled as follows:

  • June 27-28, 4 and 6:30 p.m.
  • July 1, 6:30 p.m.
  • July 3, 6:30 p.m.
  • No tours on July 4
  • July 5, 4 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Remaining July weekends: Saturdays at 4 and 6:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m.
  • August: Saturdays at 4 and 6:30 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $25. Advance sale is strongly encouraged, as capacity is limited and tours will fill up quickly. An option for a picnic basket meal will be offered for purchase upon preregistration. Tickets are on sale at www.artpark.net. Private tours can be arranged for groups of 25. If interested, email [email protected] or call 716-754-4375. 

“The Art of Walking” is supported by Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, M&T Bank, Cullen Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. 

About the Creators

Carin Jean White is a theater and visual artist. Her favorite projects include resident directing Spiegelworld’s “Empire” on Broadway; directing, designing and adapting “Hamlet Cu3ed,” a fusion of theater and visual installation at Access Theatre in NYC; 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 theater 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. Her large-scale paintings and installations have been shown throughout New York and the Bay Area. She is co-artistic director of Excellent Creature Theatre Company (Garrison) and founding director of Kingston STEP, a free theater-training program for teens. She holds an MFA in theater directing from Columbia University where she currently teaches in the writing program.

Visit www.carinjeanwhite.com.

Artists and researchers Itsaso Iribarren and German de la Riva have worked together since 2005. During this time, they have created several pieces addressing topics such as the 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 the 2018 Artistic Creation Prize of Pamplona City Council and first prize in the 2014 Theater Texts Contest of the Circo Price Theater of Madrid. They also won first prize in the 2009 Audiovisual Creation Award of the Government of Navarra and first prize in the 2011 Video Dance Award of the UARCIS University of Chile. They both hold a MA in practice as research from Castilla-La Mancha University. As dancers, they have trained at studios in Bilbao, London, Buenos Aires and Madrid.

Visit www.iribarrendelariva.com.

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