The Kingston Big Wheel


Still from The Kingston Big Wheel, HD video

‘The Kingston Big Wheel’ is a performance and video project which responds to formal public displays, dance spectaculars and protest traditions.

Inspired by the iconic motion-sequences of moving image history, this project has been developed through a series of workshops and collaborations with a group of local gymnasts

Presenting live performances for Kingston’s launch of the Cultural Olympiad in Market Square and the launch of  International Youth Arts Festival at the Rose Theatre, a new HD video work has also been created in collaboration with staff and students from Kingston University’s  film making departments

Celebrating the stroboscopic qualities of cartwheeling through dramatic plays of light and shadow, the video follows the movements and sounds as they circle and spiral, accompanied by a mesmerising soundtrack composed by Jorge Queijo.

Commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery  for their off-site ‘No Competition’ programme, this project has been produced with the kind support of Kingston University students and staff, The Royal Borough of Kingston, Arts Council England and the International Youth Arts Festival.

Opportunities for dramatic new live stagings of this performance  are sought – and may be developed with large groups of athletic young people.   ‘The Kingston Big Wheel’ HD video will be complete for presentation in early 2014. Please contact Charlie Murphy for a preview link.

Special thanks to:

Performers Tyler Bower, Ellie Brooks, Poppy Burton, Charlotte & Kathryn Carmichael, Jenna Cann, Mailie Dennis, Jacob Kitto, Theo Loasby, Mikayla McCall, Lara Moran, Sam Morgan, Emma Pollock, Sarah Thelwall, Liam Watkins, Lydia Williams, Abbie & Ellie Williams and Megan Wright.

Film Production Support Fasoranti Lenre (Filming), Jon Pringle (Stage & Lighting), Kyla De Sousa (Filming), Jack Spicer (Stage & Lighting), Roter Su Shih-Yu (Filming), Meks Sun Zi Liang (Filming), Ieva Makselyte (Filming & Sound), Andrew Nasrat (Stage & Lighting), Neil Wood (Camera & Lighting), Seidi Wright (Sound), Jorge Queijo (Soundtrack) Jamie Quigley (sound and foley)

Project Support : Stanley Picker Gallery David Falkner, Jackie Thomas Natalie Kay &, Eliza Tan, Royal Borough of Kingston Terri McAllister and Sandi Barker & Kathryn Woodvine, St John’s Primary School Paul Hemmings, Ann Hutchinson, Natalie Kay, Avondale Gym Club Mary Marshall,  Genesis Gym Club Andy & Sandy Piekarski, Emma Rummins (Kingston Museum), Aniela Zaba (IYAF)

Moving image support from Kenny Evans, David Hallett, Phil Hollins, Neill Wood and Lol James.