Walk Walk Dance
Toronto, Montréal, Coquitlam, St-Albert, CA | +
Simple lines on a pavement transform the doorstep of city hall into an interactive dance floor.
Ever since the local coal mining industry collapsed in the 1970s, ending tens of thousands of jobs, Heerlen has struggled to re-find its economic footing. Recently the city has developed into an emerging tech hub, but it has also had success investing in arts and culture as a driver for the local economy, and seen its old centre revitalized with exciting new architecture, including the city hall designed by dutch firm Mecanoo. (Daily tous les jours collaborated closely with Mecanoo on ensuring the artwork’s integration with the site.)
Meanwhile, the Notorious IBE, a popular summer festival in Heerlen that draws performers and audiences from around the world, has put Heerlen on the map as a hub for hip hop dance.
Daily tous les jours consulted directly with Heerlen on its strategic “City as a Playground” initiative, helping to identify numerous areas within the city centre as sites suitable for artistic interventions that could serve not only as attractions, but as enablers of a renewed vision for Heerlen.
One of the things that we learned from the interviews and workshops we conducted with citizens and key stakeholders, was how Heerlen’s city centre had become a place where they mainly went to shop, and less so a destination where people might want to spend time together doing things. In the end, Daily tous les jours proposed a series of interventions (Loop Loop Dans being just one) that foreground dance as a core feature of the city’s identity and to celebrate local performers—bringing dance to as wide an audience as possible, all year round.