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Supported by Greenwich Council, Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Outdoor theatre can take you to some incredible places.
In this production we want audiences to feel that they’re cheering at the 1924 Chariots of Fire Olympics, rooting for Kelly Holmes or running against tyranny alongside Jesse Owens in Berlin 1936.
From the dawn of humanity we’ve run – run towards things that we need and love; run from things that we fear; run against things that we seek to overcome. This spectacular commissioned event tells the story of running with the help of mass choreography, new music, projection and inventive machinery. It’s a story of indomitable achievement, pain, oppression, passion, democracy and freedom - guaranteed to set pulses racing!
National Maritime Museum
By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark
By Bus: 177, 180, 199, 286
By Car: Public car parking off Park Row and Cutty Sark Gardens, access via Welland St
By Thames Clipper: Greenwich Pier
Venue information: www.nmm.ac.uk
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available on site. Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email email@example.com to discuss any access requirements.
Please note that Run! has a strictly limited audience capacity of up to 5,000. Gates open at 9.00pm and the event will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Please note that this event contains some strobe and pyrotechnic effects.
Look out for an exciting moment from Run! at Greenwich Council’s Great Get Together on Saturday 21 June, 11.00am – 4.00pm, at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Repository Road, Woolwich, SE18 www.greenwich.gov.uk
Kevin Finnan is the Artistic Director of Motionhouse Dance Theatre, voted favourite dance company at the UK Dance Awards 2006. Committed to exploring and challenging traditional use of space for performance, Kevin has a history of creating extraordinary site based work including The Edge, a large scale performance on the beach at Watergate Bay in Cornwall; Dancing Inside with inmates at HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire; and the spectacle Renaissance for GDIF which celebrated the regeneration of East London with choreographed JCB’s!
Errollyn Wallen has been described by The Observer as “the renaissance woman of contemporary British music” and is as respected a singer/songwriter of popular songs as she is a composer. Recent projects include Carbon 12, an oratorio about South Wales and Mighty River, a major orchestral work commemorating the abolition of slavery.
Errollyn’s motet for 40 voices When the Wet Wind Sings was commissioned by GDIF in 2003 and premiered by the Tallis Scholars.
As part of last year’s GDIF, Sofie Layton and Mike Pattison collaborated with a team of UK artists and the French company Oposito to create a fantastical caravan of camels as part of Mirage, an ambitious street theatre spectacle. Sofie specialises in magical site-specific performance, installation and puppetry and has produced large scale sculptural installations and costumes for WOMAD, Notting Hill Carnival, the South Bank Centre and LIFT. Mike is a leading figure in the design and engineering of spectacular mechanical structures. He has worked with a wide range of UK companies and artists and is a member of Emergency Exit Arts.
GDIF is pleased to be working with the Greenwich Sportathon on the development of Run! This flagship participatory sports event involves 60 local schools and is a key focus in Greenwich Council’s plan to encourage more young people to get involved in sport in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics. Greenwich Sportathon schools participating in Run! include Hawksmoor, Millennium, St Joseph’s RC and Woodhill, as well as young apprentices from Greenwich Community College.
Greenwich schools participating in Run! are:
Greenwich Community College Sports Apprentices
Morden Mount School
Notre Dame School
Thomas Tallis School
Many thanks to all the pupils involved for their hard work and dedication to the project.
GDIF is delighted to be working with the National Maritime Museum in presenting the premiere of Run! The National Maritime Museum is the largest maritime museum in the world, open 362 days a year. Entry is free and last year the Museum attracted 1.6 million visitors.
Artistic Director: Kevin Finnan
Composer: Errollyn Wallen
Music Programmer: Martin Richardson
Performers: Prodigal Theatre and Motionhouse
Singers: Rachel Nicholls and Mike Henry
Lighting Design Natasha Chivers
Sound Design: Colin Pink
Video production: Gary Vernon
Installation design: Sofie Layton
Creative engineering: Mike Pattison
Creative producer: Sara-Ellen Williams