Free Running Live Performance By Local Young People

More than 70 people packed into Derbyshire Hill Family Centre recently to see a free running live performance by local young people accompanied by digital art and visuals by artist Sophie Mahon. It was the first time many of the audience would have witnessed the sport, turning out to support the young people involved.

The live event, held earlier this month, was part of a six-month artist residency in St Helens named 2020 Vision developed by artist Sophie Mahon.

The project initiated by Heart of Glass and Helena Partnerships explores young people’s visions of the future. Sophie has been working with young people from Parr, Fingerpost and FourAcre to explore ideas around these themes through experimenting with technology, written word and live performance.

The event was led by a group of free runners and gymnasts from Parr who wanted to share their skills and passion for the sport with their local community. Free running is an exciting form of self-expression often called urban acrobatics that involves stunts and tricks, often jumping between objects, walls and sometimes buildings.

Artist Sophie Mahon explained. “It was really exciting to work with the young people in Parr and so inspiring to work with a club that had been created from within the community. To see so many people from the community supporting the young people at the event was incredible and for the young people to
showcase what they have achieved was brilliant.”

The group has been working with Sophie and alongside Evolve a team of professional free running coaches in the build up to the event to challenge them to develop new skills and create the highly ambitious performance.

The project, in partnership with Helena Partnerships Make It Happen project and was funded by Arts Council England Creative People and Places and The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP). CAPP is an ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts.

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