How does your identity shape your experience of the city?
Escape Velocity invites you to Walk the City hand-in-hand with local trans and gender non-conforming young people on a unique journey offering gentle connection and fresh perspectives.
Who is holding whom in these tender exchanges? Do we walk together in solidarity or for protection? In protest or for pleasure? How are we reflected in the city, and what does the city reflect back to us?
Devised specifically as part of Escape Velocity in collaboration with St Martins, this project is a response to Cade’s internationally acclaimed Walking:Holding, which has toured the world inviting solo audience members to walk through towns holding hands with series’ of different local strangers.
Escape Velocity is a multi-discipline art project by St Martins, with live elements in development and a series of micro-films that have been produced in partnership with Minus18. In science escape velocity refers to the energy needed to overcome a powerful force of gravity. In our project, Escape Velocity is the call for society to build up a collective momentum and become allies to trans and gender non-conforming young people.
A participatory performance for one audience member at a time, Escape Velocity Walks the City invites radical empathy and asks what we see when we look at others, and how we feel when others look at us.
The meeting point for this work is on the St Kilda Rd Foyer of the Hamer Hall building. There will be a Future Echoes sign where you will be met by an Arts Centre Melbourne staff member.
There will be no secure cloaking available from the Hamer Hall. There will be a representative from the production who can stay with your belongings in the foyer of Hamer Hall if you wish to leave any non-valuables. Otherwise the cloak room for ACM is located on level 5 of the Theatres building next to Hamer Hall – be sure to leave enough time to cloak if this is your preferred option.
The guided walk will depart from Arts Centre Melbourne and head towards the Melbourne city or Southbank precinct. It will cover approximately 1 – 2km over a 40 minute period. It will end within a 5 min walk of Arts Centre Melbourne however you will have an option to be escorted back to the centre by a staff member.
All Gender toilets are located on level 3 of Hamer Hall outside the Melbourne Room.
There will be an Arts Centre Melbourne staff member within a close vicinity of the walking route at all times who will able to support you if any issues or concerns arise.
Yes, the route will be wheelchair accessible. If you have accessibility requirements or are attending with a carer, please contact us on 1300 182 183 so we may add this to your booking.