Search Party vs…
"…a performance that spans both mass participation and the intimacy of a one-on-one experience.” The Guardian
Search Party vs... is a 3-day interactive durational performance in which Search Party challenge the host city/town to a marathon game of table tennis. The performance is situated in public space, and for almost 20 hours, over 3 days, spectators and passers-by are invited to form a team and play against Search Party. The performance is accompanied by a live durational commentary text, which creates real and imagined contexts for spectators and participants.
The commentary text is re-written before every performance incorporating reference points, mythologies, official and personal histories specific to the host town/city. At the end of each day the commentary text is developed to include stories of the participants who have represented their town/city – the players of today become the stories of tomorrow.
Existing somewhere between mass public spectacle and intimate 1-on-1 performance, Search Party vs... borrows the notion of team from sport to examine connections between the personal and the geographic, exploring ideas of community, place and belonging.
Made with support from Arts Council England