Projects

2011

ALL THE QUEENS MEN AND DARWIN FESTIVAL

FUN RUN

BY TRISTAN MEECHAM

When the Greek messenger Pheidippides was sent to Athens to announce the Persian’s defeat in the battle of Marathon, he ran the entire distance without stopping, burst into the Athenian assembly and died on the spot. FUN RUN is his story…

FUN RUN is not merely homage to Pheidippides, but a riotous spectacle that pushes the limits of endurance. Humphrey, the fearless hero in tight packed lycra shorts and nipple pasties, runs a gruelling 42kms on a treadmill supported by massive visual effects, a booming soundtrack, a silky-voiced MC and hundreds of performers and athletes from the wider local community. Join the fun and cheer on our running man Humphrey. Will he hit the wall or complete his quest?

FUN RUN is a huge free event for the whole family that really has it all – bouncing pom-poms, bulging muscles, cyclist’s calves and even a flash mob that will have everyone moving.

“And it was fun. What fun. You could hear it from blocks away. But what made this event so curiously subversive was the lack of cues that clued us in that it was Art. Countless passersby wondered what they were watching – a charity event? A corporate stunt? A sporting spectacle? It was all of these things, kind of, or parodies of each. It definitely involved the city in a truly remarkable way, and as the sun set and the runner entered the final leg of the race the atmosphere was electric among onlookers still none the wiser as to why they were even there. A gold medal affair.” – John Bailey, The Age Newspaper, Australia

CREDITS

Created–  Tristan Meecham
Produced and Choreographed – Bec Reid
Directed – Willoh S Weiland
Artistic and Production Team –  Tristan Meecham, Bec Reid, Willoh S Weiland, Lara Thoms, Jarrod Factor, Brain Robertson, Rita Khayat.
Fun Run Performers –  Tristan Meecham, Bec Reid, Sam Routledge, Ian Heazlewood, Daniel Cunningham, Kristy Rickerts and the Rix Kix Dancers.
Community Performers – Neon Dance Corps, D*City Rockers, Monkey Bar Gymnasium, Ferwood Fitness, Grey Panthers, Darwin Gymnastics Club, Darwin Triathlete Club

ORIGINAL PRESENTATION

2010 NEXT WAVE Wave Festival, City Square, Melbourne, Australia

2013 PRESENTATION

FUN RUN – SYDNEY FESTIVAL

For further information visit All the Queens Men

 

Darwin Festival, Northern Territory

Image Bryony Jackson

Aphids acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land upon which we work. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.