Run! was a large-scale site specific performance incorporating dance, film, opera, Parkour and a hot air balloon, performed at The Queen’s House in the heart of Greenwich as part of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2008.
Commissioned as part of a series of works celebrating sport and art, in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Run! looked at the relationship between sport and life – why we run, what we run to and from. It combined startling visual imagery, mass choreography, new music, film and image projection with inventive machinery. It brought together, for one epic performance, Motionhouse dancers, free runners from Prodigal Theatre with opera singers, children from 10 Greenwich schools and 14 puppeteers.
Using imagery from cave drawings, greek vases, zoetrope and the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Run! told a story of indomitable achievement, pain, oppression, passion, democracy and freedom – and it set thousands of viewers’ pulses racing during the one-off event.
Performed at the 2008 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, London, UK