Over five hours, Victorians are invited to join Fun Run, cheering 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 Tristan’s remarkable display of endurance.
Multiple award winning comedian, performer and writer Eddie Perfect will MC 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 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.
“Fun Run brings together artists, communities and the public in an outdoor extravaganza where sport meets art meets dance party,” said Arts Centre Melbourne’s Creative Producer of Participation Patrick Cronin. “We invite everyone to join in this extraordinary celebration of the every-person and our boundless creativity.”
Forecourt – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Date: Sunday 12 March 2017 – 4.30pm
For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.
Image: Tristan Meecham (centre) in Fun Run (supplied)