An elaborately costumed dancer performs a tap dance ritual accompanied by a musician. Traversing a variety of locations and performing on found surfaces le Flâneur directly and indirectly affects the public. Bells, horns and sirens attached to the performer enhance the unintentional encounters and encounter with those gathered to view the performance.
The traditional way of travelling by foot has long been the mode of transportation for minstrels, vagabonds ... and le flâneur. Flâneur derives from the Old Norse verb flana, which means "to wander with no purpose »: a deliberately aimless pedestrian, unencumbered by any obligation or sense of urgency”.
Le Flâneur is a free pop up performance and there is no need to book in advance. Just come along to any of the locations listed below during the time slot to find Bill on his musical dance journey and stay as long as you would like. There will be no seating available and Bill will move along the route throughout the performance.
“No other choreographer creates events as mystical, unpretentious, and full of wonder.” FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
23-28 August | Various times and locations, see belowFREE
Tuesday 23 August | 08:00 – 09:00 | Portobello Prom, Portobello
Wednesday 24 August | 08:00 – 09:00 | Vennel steps, Grassmarket
Thursday 25 August | 08:00 – 09:00 | Scotsman Steps, City Centre
Friday 26 August | 17:00 – 18:00 | Innocent Railway, Holyrood
Saturday 27 August | 17:00 – 18:00 | Water of Leith from Saunders Street to the Dean Bridge, Stockbridge
Sunday 28 August | 17:00 – 18:00 | Newkirkgate Shopping area, Leith