The Bicycle Ballet Company’s Creative Producer, Karen Poley, introduces the company and what you can expect to see on the car-free streets of Greenwich during Greenwich Fair
We create exhilarating outdoor performances with bikes, exploring the joyful highs and gritty lows of cycling.
Incredible as it might seem, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of The Bicycle Ballet Company. We launched into the world on Brighton seafront with an epic participatory performance of The Mass Show by 100 local people and their bikes. The show was inspired by Busby Berkeley’s film choreography and performed in the most glorious sunshine.
I mention the weather because working outdoors, it is a bit of a theme. That show’s rehearsals saw fog, hail, sunburn and just a couple of hours before the show, everyone was soaked to the skin running final rehearsals in a torrential storm.
This kind of weather seems to have marked the beginning of pretty much every show we’ve subsequently made. So much so, that I’ve come to think of it as part of the ‘birthing’ process. It also directly inspired Strictly Cycling, which we’ll be presenting at GDIF 2016 on 25 & 26 June.
Strictly Cycling is an almost waterproof show in glorious yellow, so bright you can spot it for miles on even the greyest day. It’s a visual performance and ‘cycle-about.’ Part choreographed around everyday cycling experiences, and part improvised to interact with audiences and anything around the performers.
It’s colourful, anarchic and very very silly.
Come and see epic human/bike sculptures, slo-motion races and celebrate cycling, life and yellowness.