The Bicycle Ballet company creates exhilarating outdoor performances on bikes, exploring the joyful highs and gritty lows of cycling.
Choreographies evolve from people’s stories about riding, their relationships with their bikes, ideas and issues around cycling. Our shows have explored a wide range of performance possibilities including dance & physical theatre, clowning, character, audience interaction, narrative, visual performance & even tandems.
Alongside shows, we offer opportunities for public participation, ranging from two hour workshops to longer term projects, leading to performances.
To date, the company has created five shows which have toured across the UK and to several European festivals & events.
Bicycle Ballet performances cross the boundaries of the arts, sport and cycling, health, transport, sustainability, & the environment, to attract the widest range of audiences or passers-by.
Strictly Cycling: visual performance and walk/ cycle-about inspired by flash mobs, dada-ism, everyday cycling experiences & the great British weather http://www.bicycleballet.com/2013/05/strictly-cycling/
Strictly Night Cycling: a night time version http://www.bicycleballet.com/2015/06/strictly-night-cycling/
The Mass Show: participatory show for up to 100 local people & their bikes, inspired by Busby Berkeley’s film choreography – http://www.bicycleballet.com/2011/07/bicycle-ballet-mass-participatory-show/
Blazing Saddles, a visually stunning, contemporary dance, walk/cycle-about celebrating women & cycling. Available from autumn 2016
VeloCity, a participatory, promenade performance for 2017.
Previous shows include:
Everyday Hero: dance-theatre exploring real & imagined landscapes with an integrated cast of visually impaired and sighted performers – http://www.bicycleballet.com/2013/02/everyday-hero/
the dance of cycling: dance theatre performance about the fictional world of synchronised cycling – http://www.bicycleballet.com/2011/07/the-dance-of-cycling/