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 homage to Pheidippides and a riotous spectacle that pushes the limits of endurance. Humphrey (Performance Artist Tristan Meecham) the fearless hero in tight packed lycra shorts and nipple pasties, runs a gruelling 42.2kms 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
All The Queens Men (Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid) are passionate about connection, participation and spectacle. Based in Melbourne, Australia, their work is inspired by the grand and the ridiculous, stunning collective feats and seeing the world in a new way. All The Queens Men collaborate with diverse communities and artists to present altered perspectives on our shared reality www.allthequeensmen.net
Creator and Performer: Tristan Meecham
Producer, Choreographer and Performer: Bec Reid
Director: Willoh S Weiland (Aphids - www.aphids.net)
Sound and Visual Artist: Nick Roux
Production Manager: Emily O’Brien
Assistant Director: Heymin Han
Dancer: Younghee Park, Tae Woo Kang, Eajin Park, Seung Hwan Baek, I seul Cho, Dae Woong Choi
Winners, Two M, Chuja, Dance DA, J.S Dance Company, Raonjena, Zzang Line Dance, Ultimatum crew, Revolution Korea, World J&K, Red girl, Ansan City Taekwondo Association TEAM, Sinbaram drummers, JUMPING HIGH, Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Power Jump