A LOT OF RAIN. A LOT OF PERSEVERANCE. A LITTLE RE-SCHEDULING. A LOT OF STROLLERS CAME OUT FOR WALKING THE LINE DURING PAINT THE TOWN IN ANNAPOLIS ROYAL.
Share your joy of art and movement in a pop-up promenade!
The Company of Angels Dance Project invites everyone to join Walking the Line in Annapolis Royal during Paint the Town Weekend Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19. The yearly art-en-plein air festival is presented by the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC).
Anyone interested is welcome to take part in what is definitely a first for Annapolis Royal. Participants walk in single file, in a line that incorporates a few simple repetitive gestures. Dance artist Pamela Grundy, is creating the movements designed to reflect techniques used by painters as they create their canvases. She’s received inspiration from celebrated local artist Wayne Boucher who, is a longstanding participant in Paint the Town.
Bring your family, friends, colleagues, your club or youth group, or, come on your own and make new friends and memories. Participation is free-of-charge. There will be two chances to learn the gestures and practice the line: 6pm, Wednesday, August 8 and 6pm, Wednesday, August 15 at the Annapolis Royal Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre, at 275 St. George Street.
Where will Walking the Line pop up? That’s a secret which will be known only to the participants. But, with so many iconic locations situated around the town, there are ample spots to “start the movement”.
Here’s how to take part. Send a PM via the Company of Angels Facebook Page (facebook.com/dancinginthethirdact) or, send an email to: email@example.com.
Walking the Line is inspired by the Nelken Line, part of a global project by the Pina Bausch Foundation and ARTE, the European culture channel. The Foundation launched The Nelken Line Project to encourage enthusiasts of choreographer Pina Bausch to start their own lines based on one the most famous dance sequences ever created by Ms. Bausch, and to share videos of their processions. The Line spread way beyond dance fans and the Foundation’s expectations. People all over the world from all walks of life and abilities danced the Line and posted their videos. In fact, so many people took part that the project had to be extended.
Walking the Line is an initiative of the Company of Angels in cooperation with ARCAC. The partnership of two of the major cultural organizations in the area is a perfect symbiosis according to Randy Glynn, Artistic Director of the Company of Angels and Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal. “Dance is a visual art and the traditional boundaries between the visual and performing arts are becoming increasingly blurred. An initiative like Walking the Line makes perfect sense. Plus, it will be a lot of fun!”
Update: There was a large turnout for Walking the Line in Annapolis Royal, Sunday August 19.