Walking is a process through which one repetitively ‘aligns’ one’s body with the environment in the present moment. It uncovers and re-orders the ‘creative tension of self and world’ (Wylie, 2013: 62). As an outdoor performance deviser from Athens, Greece, I have been wandering through sites of calamity, anger and despair. The changes in the social and cultural fabric of this specific geographical place have caused shock and emotional pain disclosing different kinds of collective wounds in situ.
Nauzenac and Ubaye were two French villages that were submerged by the artificial lakes created by water dams in the Dordogne Valley, and in the Alps of Haute Provence. From Nauzenac to Ubaye is a 611km walking performance project between the two submerged villages while listening to Armelle Faure’s oral archive The Dordogne River and Dams Project: 100 Witnesses Speak (Armelle Faure 2011-2015).