Arts Centre Melbourne presents Fun Run
Victorians are invited to join Fun Run, a riotous celebration of endurance, at Arts Centre Melbourne on Sunday 12 March from 4:30pm. Over five hours, crowds will cheer on Melbourne artist Tristan Meecham as he runs a grueling 42km marathon on a treadmill. An eye-popping display of visual effects, along with a sizzling soundtrack and hundreds of performers and athletes drawn from the local community, will join in the celebration of Meecham’s remarkable display of endurance.
Multiple award winning comedian, performer and writer Eddie Perfect will emcee the event, which pays joyous homage to the Greek messenger Pheidippides, who was sent to Athens to announce the Persian’s defeat in the battle of Marathon, running the entire distance without stopping. The free interactive spectacle for the whole family has it all… shiny lycra, gleaming muscles, bouncing pom poms and an epic Fun Run Flash Mob that bursts to life on the hour, each hour that everyone can participate in.
Turning ordinary moves into extraordinary heart-pumping action, Fun Run is Arts Centre Melbourne’s fourth project in the Betty Amsden Participation Program and the work of acclaimed Melbourne-based performance company All The Queens Men. The event will take place less than a fortnight after the death of Miss Betty Amsden AO, DSJ, who died peacefully at her home on Sunday 26 February.
To make it across the finish line, Meecham will draw energy from the hundreds of athletes, martial arts experts, aerobic trampolinists, dancers from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects & Outer Urban Projects, cheerleaders, traditional Chinese drummers, cyclists and many more – all of whom will perform on stage.
The general public can get involved by joining the Fun Run Flash Mob on the day of, as well as taking part in free rehearsals during March. Everyone is invited to join the free public workshops or they can practice at home with a free online instructional video. (Watch it below.)
Speaking about the monumental community event, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Creative Producer of Participation Patrick Cronin said, “Fun Run brings together artists, communities and the public in an outdoor extravaganza where sport meets art meets dance party. We invite everyone to join in this extraordinary celebration of the every-person and our boundless creativity.”
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said, “VicHealth is proud to support Fun Run to help get more Victorians moving through arts activities, which evidence shows can be a powerful vehicle to improve physical health, mental wellbeing and build social connection.”
Circus Oz Artistic Director Rob Tannion said the Circus Oz team will “work in schools to empower kids who are facing more challenging circumstances and invite them to fall in love with and share the benefits that both circus and the arts can offer.”
For more information go to www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2017/other/fun-run.
Photo courtesy of Arts Centre Melbourne.