Zoetrope (The Kingston Big Wheel)


Still from The Kingston Big Wheel, HD video

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

Inspired by the iconic motion-sequences of moving image history, the Kingston Big Wheel project developed through participatory movement workshops and performances created with a small local group of young gymnasts and Kingston’s celebrations for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

This project as presented as live performances for Kingston’s Cultural Olympiad launch in Market Square and International Youth Arts Festival 2012 at the Rose Theatre.

Zoetrope (7’7″ HD video) presents a canon of stroboscopic movement thorough dramatic plays of light and shadow which circle the viewer to create a mesmerising physical interpretation of Muybridge’s optical device.

Exhibited as part of Athletes in Motion at Kingston Museum,( home to a significant collection of Muyridge artefacts and his birthplace) , this video  was commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery for their off-site 2012 ‘No Competition’ programme.

Zoetrope was 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 with original soundtrack composed by Jorge Queijo.

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.