Take an evening walk along Torquay’s seafront with Vista, an app-guided audio tour that takes you on a journey in dialogue with another coastal town across the Atlantic Ocean: Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada.
By downloading the app onto an Android device or iPhone, you can follow a path along the Torquay seafront that will take about 30-40 minutes. It can be taken alone or in small groups. It is accessible by foot or wheelchair.
Vista contemplates questions of health and the environments that surround us. Torquay and Halifax are two places that have long existed as sites of migration: Halifax’s “Great Harbour” (Kji’puktuk) is a place of great spiritual significance for the Mi’kmaq people, while Victorians flocked to Torquay’s mild climate and warm “healing” waters in the late nineteenth century, shaping the modern resort town we see today.
Through a series of recorded conversations, an ambient soundtrack and questions of both a philosophical and factual nature, Vista attempts to navigate the space between the ideal and the practical, both of which shape issues from urban design to public health in both towns’ ever-present mythology and memory.
Vista is presented as part of the first edition of Wavelength, a celebration of sound and light, illuminating the overlooked, and bringing people together in the darkness of November.
Wavelength takes place 8-10 November. For full programme details see here:
Vista was first presented at the 2019 International Agatha Christie Festival and is now available for download.
Vista was developed through a partnership between the International Agatha Christie Festival and Zuppa Theatre Co. (Halifax, Canada). It was created during an IACF residency with additional support from The Canada Council for the Arts, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Eyeview cultural programme in Torbay.