This summer some of Britain’s best loved Stately Homes, parks and leisure centres will provide the back-drop to Freerunning@, a spectacular open-air street dance production. The show brings together some of the world’s best free runners, martial artists and multiple world record holders in an awe-inspiring display of extreme sports athleticism, agility and acrobatics. Venues include Speke Hall, Croome Park, Holkham Hall, Harewood, Wollaton Hall and Scone Palace, with additional performances at Grassington Festival, Bournemouth Littledown Leisure Centre and Newcastle Exhibition Park. The tour began at Grassington Festival on June 23rd with the final performance at Scone Palace in Scotland on August 26th.
Showcasing the kind of thrilling action made famous by street dance troupes like ‘Diversity’, film scenes such as the opening of ‘Casino Royale’, genre defining programmes like ‘Jump London’ (http://bit.ly/HV56XM) and the BBC’s remarkable ‘Rush Hour’ sequence (http://bit.ly/qHqPr ), the show uses exhilarating music, eye-popping staging and stunning choreography to create a spectacle for all the family.
Featuring Creative Director and triple Guinness World Record holder Sam Parham (Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Harry Potter, Woman In Black), the show tells the story of Jake, a homeless teenager who teaches himself Free Running. A successful open audition as a film stunt extra gives Jake his big break, but as punishing schedule filming action scenes get underway he realises how much he still has to learn from the likes of stunt coordinator and martial arts expert Scarlett – played jointly by Guinness world record holder Chloe Bruce (Harry Potter, Clash of the Titans 2) and sister Grace Bruce (Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows). When filming is thrown into crisis, Jake is faced with the biggest challenge of his life, both personally and professionally.
This is the first Free Running theatrical tour to be staged in the UK, which will bring together some of the leading performers in the art. Free Running or Parkour has exploded in popularity over the past few years, with more than 500,000 videos currently on YouTube. It is also set to feature in the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Representing great value for money, audiences at the shows will be able to take in the fantastic surroundings, visit the homes and grounds and enjoy a picnic before the show. There will also be workshops at selected venues, where adults and children have a once in a lifetime opportunity to try out some moves for themselves under the expert guidance of the world-renowned cast!
The show is fully interactive, with audience members becoming part of the production as ‘extras’ in the filming scenes and at other times able to get close up to the action and see the incredible moves first-hand. It is the first production of its kind, combining classical music with contemporary beats to reflect the changing scenes, fusing street-dance with Free Running, choreography with improvisation and the heritage backdrops of the houses with the most exciting street-style action. (see a preview video here: http://bit.ly/HYALq6).
Speaking about the tour, producer Susannah Daley said: “Free Running is one of the most exciting extreme sports around at the moment. It will feature in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and is being promoted as an official sport by the Mayor of London. These athletes are remarkable and audiences of all ages will be able to enjoy their agility, strength and athleticism in an exhilarating show in fantastic settings. Whether you’re young or old, this show has something for everyone and is a great way to entertain the kids during the summer holidays.”
Freerunning@ UK TOUR DATES:
23rd Grassington Festival, Grassington, North Yorkshire
7th Speke Hall, Liverpool, Merseyside
20th Croome Park, Severn Stoke, Worcestershire
21st Croome Park, Severn Stoke, Worcestershire
24th Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
25th Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
3rd Bournemouth Littledown Leisure Centre, Dorset
4th Bournemouth Littledown Leisure Centre, Dorset
9th Newcastle Exhibition Park (2 performances)
11th Harewood, Leeds, North Yorkshire
12th Harewood, Leeds, North Yorkshire
17th Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
18th Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
22nd Aston Hall, Birmingham
25th Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland
26th Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland
Freerunning@ TICKET DETAILS: www.freerunningat.com
Adults £18 / £15 / £10
Children £10 / £6
Concessions £15 / £9
Family £50 / £45 / £30
Online booking: www.freerunningat.com
Phone booking: 0844 720 1111
Harewood Tel: 0113 218 1000
Holkham Hall Tel: 01328 7131111
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