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KP Projects has become KP Projects CIC (Community Interest Company): to create, deliver & tour performance, visual, community and educational projects around the concepts of healthy lifestyles; environmental issues and awareness of local environments; walking, cycling and transport.
Just published: “Leaping the Barriers: a short guide to improving access for visually impaired people to events.” The guide follows the Everyday Hero show, and work with Bristol Cycling Festival in 2014.
Download here: Leaping the Barriers
2015 – Getting ready for 2015 after an incredible 2014
Players follow visual clues posted online, matching the shapes, textures and patterns in the landscape, as they are gradually revealed, to find the pebblefaces.
“Suddenly we were looking at the city in a completely new way” PebbleDasher.
“Lots of fun. A brilliant idea, loved it!” PebbleDasher 2
In 2014 Strictly Cycling was commissioned three times, by:
* Edinburgh Cycling Festival, to develop flash mob workshops, costumes & performance opportunities for up to 20 participants
* Belfast City Council, to create a PINK version of the show for Gira d’Italia’s Big Start
* Bristol Cycling Festival, to create a tandem workshop for visually impaired people & front riders
The show was seen by an estimated 15,000 people in the streets, in fields, indoors, in monumental locations, in a Carnival & on the Tour of Britain finish line, rain or shine.
Shine On London Road – reCyculture
Commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council & the London Rd Portas Pilot regeneration project. The epic, alternative Xmas Light installation, survived tumultuous winter storms & was taken down on 12th night.
An amazing 2013 summer season, with two new shows from The Bicycle Ballet Company created and touring this year, Everyday Hero and Strictly Cycling.
Everyday Hero is a unique outdoor, dance theatre show, performed by a cast of visually impaired and sighted performers. In a surreal tale of adventure, Vanity, Fear, Happiness, Frustration, Bravery and Curiosity journey through real and imagined landscapes, battling their demons to realise the dream of a tandem ride.
Strictly Cycling is a high impact, strolling/cycle-about performance which plays with the everyday experiences of riding a bike.
Funding has been confirmed for the creation of a new Bicycle Ballet show – Everyday Hero; a unique outdoor dance production, performed by a company of sighted and visually impaired performers. Exploring universal themes, the show imagines the first solo adventure of a person who has lost their sight, through an exploration of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.
2012 was an incredible summer, with a national tour of the Bicycle Ballet Company’s Mass Show; an exciting R&D exploring the potential for a new, outdoor show on tandems with blind, partially sighted and sighted performers; reCyculture projects across Kent & in Roehampton & Putney in Wandsworth; and bookings for the two touring shows, ‘the dance of cycling’ and ‘The Bunny Hop’.
The Mass Show was created with local rehearsal directors and participants five locations: So Festival, Skegness; Edmonton Carnival; Hadleigh Essex; Preston Guild Launch; and Stade Saturdays, Hastings.
The first phase of the Tandem Ballet (working title) R&D explored the potential of the project, click here to see a short film. A second phase in November will answer a few remaining questions. We are looking for partners to develop a full scale, outdoor, touring show in 2013. Please get in touch for further details.
reCyculture created a series of 12 installations across Kent, reCycling disused bikes, and creating an online, virtual layer through workshops and residencies with local people.
Green Horses on Putney Leisure Centre, for Wandsworth Council, as part of MOL presents, on the route of the Olympic road race.
For Wandsworth Arts Festival
Green Horses on the Wall installed as part of reCyculture, around the Alton Estate in Roehampton. Check out Chris Paradox’s spoken word response on Soundcloud. Further info here
Bicycle Ballet Mass Show touring the UK, summer 2012. Further info here
BUT, its not all about bikes! Check out the Ideas Block for future projects.