Streetwalker Reborn!

16.8.2012

Chalon-sur-Saône – Graz – Maribor

Streetwalker was on a long trip, it strolled along Chalon-sur-Saône, hitchhiked to Graz and finished with a lap of honour in Maribor.

Statistics: 24 days of festival fever, a few thousand miles spent on the road, 3 premieres, 20 guided tours, approximately one thousand spectators, 3 sleepless nights per person and 1 slightly damaged head…

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Chalon

Otherwise peaceful French town is suddendly transformed into the biggest street theater venue in Europe and starts to burst. Posters and flyers everywhere, performances and music on every corner, everything and everyone is on the street and, of course, so is our Streetwalker. Ljud’s crew is on a 24 hour working schedule and with a huge help – a true fraternité! – from an artistic collective Alteréaliste – we manage to build and prepare the first open air »ready-made« gallery… And to survive!

Graz

One day drive with a quick detour in Ljubljana, no time to sleep, we’re in a hurry and again: new city, new people, new festival, everything starts anew, but we are far more experienced now – La Strada starts… The audience likes the idea and so does the pople from Graz’s district Gris where we set up the gallery. One lady, for instance, invites everyone on the tour to her living room and when 30 people finally manage to squeeze in, a little girl appears out of nowhere and starts playing on the lady’s piano… This is just one of several unexpected, poetic moments, which can happen only when you work on the street and with it…

Maribor

On Lent, in co-production with ECC 2012, strenghtened with a local crew and finally rested we start again: the audience is overtaken by our dynamic tour guide, which concludes the gallery with the »Dravorama« art installation – a 1:1 replica of the Drava river quay, constructed especially for the opening of the Streetwalker gallery – and placed exactly on the place where it always was…

And then – The Grand finale: Graz and Maribor fused together into a single gallery, a whole day tour connected with a bus ride. We »kidnap« the audience from Graz and everybody sings »Yellow submarine« while a 40 year old yellow bus is driving on the highway with all its windows down… A short stop at the gas station filled with newly discovered artworks, since it is a subsidiary of both galleries… Next day we repeat the tour in the other direction and arrive just in time to join the La Strada closing party where we use our custom made, mobile sound system and dance in the streets of Graz until the first serious complaint is filed by the neighbours…