Blazing Saddles is a visually stunning, outdoor contemporary dance/walk/cycle-about, performed by local people and their bikes. Part choreographed and part improvised, the show uses humour and choreography inspired by the issues, ideas, fashions and history of women riding bicycles.
In the 19th century, cycling was at the forefront of movements for women’s equality. Women embraced the independence & the freedom of cycling, to huge consternation & public outcry as they shed voluminous dresses and up to seven pounds of underwear.
Today, young women tend to stop cycling at puberty, and the majority never re-start. Freedom, independence and economy are outweighed by issues of appearance, unfashionable and uncool clothing, helmet hair and getting sweaty, as well as safety fears, traffic and worries about fitness, not to mention the weather!
Blazing Saddles seeks to explore why women do & don’t cycle, subvert cycling stereotypes and engage women of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
The show will take the form of a guided ride between venues around Dulwich. Starting at 2pm in Dulwich Park, then heading off to Dulwich Library, North Cross Road Market, Goose Green, Herne Hill Station, Herne Hill Velodrome entrance, & back to Dulwich Park at approximately 4pm.
Approximate timings are:
2pm - Dulwich Park
2.10pm - Dulwich Library
2.30pm - North Cross Rd Market
2.45pm - Goose Green, leaving at 3.15pm
3.35pm - Herne Hill Station
4pm - Dulwich Park
Audience members are invited to ride with us. The ride will be approximately 2 hours long, including a ‘performative picnic’ break on route.
Bring your own bikes or hire from London Recumbents in Dulwich Park.