Blazing Saddles is a unique outdoor performance, telling the little known story of the moment bicycles first became widely available & women transformed their clothing to be able to ride. It links into issues around women & cycling today, seeking to interrupt stereotypes & encourage more women to cycle.
Evolving from a contemporary choreography, the show is a visual narrative, using movement, character & humour; clowning, costume & cake to tell the story of a group of women caught up in the excitement & possibility of travel, freedom & independence.
The narrative unfolds in a series of sequences. The bicycle is explored as a wonder of engineering & possibility; costumes & colours transform, gradually taking on a more modern look; & the women celebrate shared adventures, travel & freedom.
The show is site responsive & highly flexible. It can be performed as a static show, or unfold across several sites around an area, to enhance the narrative of travel & freedom, visit different places & reach a wider audience. There are also opportunities for local people to get involved – read more on participation HERE…
More on the historical & contemporary inspirations behind the show here…
Original choreography by Janine Fletcher, further development & direction by Kate Evans & the Cast, including Typhaine Delaup, Jo Dyer, Ella Fleetwood, Jo Gale, Saskia Marland, Maga Radlowska, Eleanor Young. Costume design Holly Murray. Sound design, Oliver Aylmer. Images by Raysto Images. With thanks to Sheila Hanlon & Bikes & Bloomers
Created & produced by KP Projects CIC