My Bicycle Loves You
Presented by Sydney Festival in association with Perth International Arts Festival
By Legs on the Wall
‘With every new production, Legs on the Wall reinvents itself. Every work in its repertoire is distinctly different and original.’ Australian Stage
My Bicycle Loves You is a wildly imaginative, often surreal, modern-day fantasy that pays homage to the spirit of vaudeville.
The work is inspired by the recent discovery of a treasure-trove of Federation era films revealing the extraordinary world of one of Australia’s best-loved troupes of travelling entertainers, the Corrick family.
A mad menagerie of characters from the Corrick films is set loose in a modern world, disrupting the sedate lives of neighbours in an ordinary Australian apartment building. In these delightful yet illogical encounters, everything goes sideways: people magically transform into vegetables, mirrors reflect the unexpected, and cameras don’t film what you want them to.
In this world premiere, Europe’s vaudeville performers of the 1900s come face-to-face with their living Australian counterparts through the creative genius of Legs on the Wall. My Bicycle Loves You brings together a team of brilliant Australian musicians, acrobats, multimedia experts and theatre-makers who will share the stage – and screen – with the fantastical, dream-like ghosts of a bygone era.
Director: Patrick Nolan
Story devised by Beatrix Christian, Patrick Nolan, Anna Tregloan and company
Composer: Ben Walsh
Design: Anna Tregloan
Video artist: Mic Gruchy
Projection consultant: Tim Gruchy
Lighting design: Damien Cooper
With films from the National Film and Sound Archive’s Corrick Collection
Patrick Nolan (Director, My Bicycle Loves You) speaks with Caroline Baum post-show on January 14 as part of Microscope
Photo: La Poule Aux Oeuf's D'Or (France 1907). Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Corrick Collection
Legs on the Wall
Some films from the Corrick Collection
January 13-15 at 8pm
January 15 at 2pm
B Reserve: $55/$50/Child $25