Moving Roots – Sara El Sheekh

A big path through a park with trees in the distance, a young child with red trousers is standing on the path looking towards us with his hands behind his back and there is a bench a bit further away to the right of the path.
Brockwell Park path, bench and toddler. Credit: Sara El Sheekh
A big path through a park with trees in the distance, a young child with red trousers is standing on the path looking towards us with his hands behind his back and there is a bench a bit further away to the right of the path.
Brockwell Park path, bench and toddler. Credit: Sara El Sheekh

This sound walk is inspired by lots of walking in parks and nature with my toddler during lockdown and finding healing and joy through being outside.

I wanted to share this with the public and encourage others to get out and about too.

This piece is site specific to Brockwell Park, South London and invites the audience to experience the park in a new way. It is an excerpt of a longer piece which is still in progress.

You can enjoy it with headphones in any green space moving along to the narration or even in your bedroom with the help of your imagination.

There are 2 pieces of music which I have sampled (Telemachus- Ferndale Road and Oru de Igbodu para Yemaya: Oya) as well as recordings which I have made in and around the park.

Sara El Sheekh is a movement artist and theatre maker based in London. Her practice has thus far been collaborative, making community theatre using mixed media to tell stories related to social injustices. Becoming a mum and lockdown have inspired her to start experimenting and working with sound and finding new ways to develop her solo practice.