Blazing Saddles Touring Performance

Five performers with blue helmets, skirts & bloomers, topped with bright pink capes, walk along a pavement with their bikes on the right side, each leaning in to create an arch with their bikesA unique, visually stunning & joyful outdoor performance celebrating women & cycling & fashion; with a wry look at pink, evolving cultural taboos & cycling’s promise of freedom.

Blazing Saddles’ touring show marks the moment when bicycles first became widely available in the late 1890s &, to the horror of wider society, women transformed their clothing to be able to ride.

Evolving from a contemporary choreography, the show uses movement, character & humour, clowning, costume & cake (or possibly biscuits) to tell the story of a group of women caught up in the excitement of the possibilities of travel, freedom & independence.

The  narrative unfolds in a series of sequences.  Costumes & colours transform, taking on a more modern look, & touching on issues & ideas about women cycling today.

Costumes are based on the original, copyrighted designs for ‘Convertible Cyclewear,’ so women could change between riding & respectability in an instant – although respectability is occasionally lacking here….Click here for a short promo film

 

Images from a work in progress performance in Balham at Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017 © Raysto Images

 

Feedback for the Work in Progress show

 

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Original choreography by Janine Fletcher, further development by Kate Evans & the Cast, including Typhaine Delaup, Eleni Papaioannou, Jo Dyer.  Costumes by Holly Murray, Sound by Oliver Aylmer.  With special thanks to Sheila Hanlon

Created & Produced by KP Projects CIC

Touring show development commissioned by

 

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