Walking:Holding Film


A film by Rosana Cade, Claire Nolan, and Charlie Cauchi in response to Rosana's live work: Walking:Holding.

Performance art and mobile technology converge in 'Walking:Holding', a creative documentary exploring intimacy, identity and vulnerability in urban public spaces.

Using the concept of holding a stranger’s hand whilst walking through a town, this experimental documentary asks how our sense of identity is informed and affected through interaction with others, and where and why people feel vulnerable in public.

Shot entirely on i-Phones, the footage has all been captured through documenting a tour of Rosana Cade’s award-winning interactive performance project ‘Walking:Holding’ to 6 towns across the UK, beginning in June 2016, and finishing the week Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America in November 2016. The performance of Walking:Holding invites solo audience members to embark on a carefully curated route through a town whilst holding hands with a series of very different local participants.

Filming took place in Reading, Colchester, Leith, Stoke-on-Trent, Doncaster and Leeds. Using the framework of the performance as inspiration the film will take the viewer on a journey through the streets, parks, alleyways and shopping centres that make up these towns, giving them the perspective of a live walker. Our companions on these walks will be the voices we hear from a series of intimate interviews and conversations with the participants. Over the course of the film these will interweave to create a complex dialogue on identity in towns in Britain, what connects and divides communities, and what’s common or unique in the urban landscapes we are walking through.

The production period was supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Find out more at: walkingholding.com