We move through the world along established paths, using traditional, pre-set routes. We follow rules, agreements, conventions and accepted laws. But don’t paths often go the long way round? Is the map on your phone really a better way of working out where you are than the view from the top of a lamppost? And aren’t walking upright or sitting on public transport pretty boring ways of getting from A to B?
The two Belgian parkour acrobats Ward Mortier and Mehdi Delanoeije go off the beaten track to explore Zeche Zollverein around the Salzlager. They turn the laws of nature and physical limits upside down – in the truest sense of the word and more. What was the rule is now suddenly a question. In today’s urban space of the former industrial complex, the public now become coperformers, the streets the stage, buildings the backdrop and the pavement the dance floor. And if a dog barks or a car honks right this moment …
As analogue followers, equipped with camping stools, for the parkour performance Follow me, we go on an acrobatic and theatrical journey through everyday situations with unexpected moments. How actively everyone takes part in the performance is up to them to decide. As a temporary community in the here and now, we share an experience and are induced by absurd situations to encounter public spaces as a creative means of play. Perhaps beyond the performance.
Produced by Be Flat VZW.
Co-produced by Miramiro and the Vlaamse Gemeenschap.