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The Biomechanics of the Treadwheel

21st February 2019
Morning
HMP Stafford

This is a public performance of Rideout‘s performing arts residency at HMP Stafford. If you would like to attend, please contact saul@rideout.org.uk no later than 14th February.


Following the success of last year’s Past Time partnership with Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000 – a five-year Wellcome Trust-funded project led by Professor Hilary Marland (University of Warwick) and Dr Catherine Cox (University College Dublin) – Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) is embarking on three further performing arts residencies, known collectively as Staging Time.

The first of these, The Biomechanics of the Treadwheel, will use a mix of parkour, contact improvisation, and Meyerhold’s actor training methodology to create a dance performance exploring the history of hard labour in Victorian prisons.

As part of this process, participants will create a new biomechanic etude based on hard labour, which will be made available in the form of an illustrated pamphlet.

Working with Rideout will be choreographer Dave McKenna from Being Frank Physical Theatre, illustrator Paul Gent, historian Professor Marland and theatre academic Dr Silvija Jestrovic, both from University of Warwick.

To find out more, or register your interest in attending the public performance, please contact saul@rideout.org.uk no later than 14th February.


Staging Time is funded by Arts Council England, University of Warwick and HMP Stafford. An external evaluation of the programme using a World Cafe methodology is being conducted by researchers from Staffordshire University and will be available in late 2019/early 2020.


Image courtesy of Rideout