Sat 7 - Sun 8 Apr 2012 | 2pm | Free (limited capacity - please arrive in good time)
The Cycling Gymkhana: A fun-filled bicycle-inspired mash-up between a village fete, a sporting event, a theatre show and music gig for all the family.
In 1901 a Cycling Gymkhana was held in Kelvingrove Park as part of the Great International Exhibition. 111 years later, “live art supergroup” Fish & Game present their own 21st Century re-imagining of that afternoon’s entertainment.
Your mistress of ceremonies for the day is Eilidh MacAskill, tweedily dressed in full Victorian cycling costume, complete with big bloomers and enormous leg-o-mutton sleeves. Her authentic outfit, designed by Glasgow-based fashion designer, Jennie Lööf, shows what women began to wear in the 1890s when they started to ride the bicycle during the so-called Bicycle Boom.
Audience members of all ages are encouraged to bring their own bikes and decorate them in any way they choose to be in with a chance to win the prize of Best-Dressed Wheel.
The afternoon’s entertainment will include:
Stalls from a range of cycling organizations and bike-inspired artists
A short history lesson on the importance of the bicycle in society
Novelty races such as the Bicycle (Easter) Egg and Spoon run by our team of female cyclists
A BMX Flatland display by Liz Law
A Musical Drill of Synchronised Cycling choreographed by Laura Bradshaw
The prize-giving ceremony for the Best-Dressed Wheel
The house band, led by Kim Moore of Zoey Van Goey, will be providing musical accompaniment to the cycling action, playing original music and sounds inspired by the Victorian period.
Part of Behaviour 2012, the Arches’ festival of live performance. For more see HOW WE BEHAVE, the Behaviour blog documenting seven artists’ journey through the festival.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.