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Sync: e-bulletin Aug 2012


A giant step...

'that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'.

a photo of the moon by ClaraDon

This week Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon died. His words as he stepped onto the moon's surface have become iconic - illustrating the power of a single action when multiplied by the gaze of the world.

Unlimited is that kind of step too. Each artist taking part in the Unlimited Festival has taken their small step forward - and the culmination is extraordinary. Never before has so much quality work been gathered together in such circumstances. The world truly is watching.

Check out the Southbank's Unlimited site - - to see the full range of what's on offer.

PUSH ME continues to grow and weave its way through this narrative too - with 9 short films up in The Space, and another 15 shot, edited and ready to go our leaps have become huge and about to become enormous. During the 9 days of the festival we will be shooting to create a 30 minute documentary - so if you happen to be around - do give our cameras a wave!

This Sync bulletin introduces the final three from the PUSH ME Collection - Jez Colborne, Stumble danceCircus and Simon Mckeown.

If you're interested in finding out more about Push Me and The Space and its potential for disabled creatives then come along to Fabrica in Brighton from 6-9pm on 4th September for Adventures in The Space, part of Brighton's Digital Festival. Sarah will be chairing the event. Book here

go straight to the Push Me Collection

Jez Colborne presents: Irresistible

Took my breath away - Ralph Dartford, Arts Council England

A picture of jez with a siren on a hill with push me written across it.

Noisy, dramatic and spectacular, Irresistible is a unique event designed for both the rural beauty of The Cow & Calf and for the urban heart of London.

Driven by a life-long fascination with warning sirens, Jez Colborne can hear music where most of us hear noise. He is quite simply an irresistible force of nature.

He is a multi-talented composer, musician and performer. He has drawn upon his travels in the UK, USA and China and worked in collaboration with Mind the Gap to create something truly irresistible.

You can catch the following performances in London very soon:

  • National Theatre’s Watch This Space, Wed 5 Sept 10pm, Thu 6 Sept 6.15pm & 10pm, Outdoor.

  • Southbank Centre, Sat 8 Sept, The Clore Ballroom in Royal Festival Hall, 4pm followed by Q&A & 7pm, Indoor

You can also catch Jez performing as part of Liberty Festival, Sat 1 Sept 4pm, Outdoor

All performances are free to attend.

To watch Jez in his first PUSH ME for 90 seconds click here

Stumble danceCircus presents: Box of Frogs

What is colourful character or delusional insanity? What is grand achievement or pointless obsession? Stumble will veer with absolute absorption in a fervent love of all things Circus (until the point at which we gets distracted).

a photo of a circus performer with push me now written on the picture

Box of Frogs is a circus show with a difference. 5 acrobats and 2 musicians play with the audience’s expectations from their own perspective of mental ill health and performance, against a back drop of filmic illusions.

In 2011 Stumble continued the journey they started with Bipolar Ringmaster (without a Circus) with a spectacular ensemble, ‘Box of Frogs.’

You can catch them on their tour:

  • London, Sun 2nd & Mon 3rd Sept 2012 at 6.30pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Booking: 0844 847 9910 or

  • Preston, Sept 7th 2012 Preston Guild Festival in Expo Tent – details to be announced

  • Bristol, Thurs 27th Sept and Fri 28th 2012 at 7.30pm. Circomedia, St Paul’s Church, Portland Sq, Bristol. BS2 8SJ Call Colston Hall box office 0117 922 3686 for tickets.

  • Devon, Sat 29th Sept 2012 at 8pm, The Landmark, Ilfracombe, Devon, Box office: 01271 324242 or

  • Stockton-on Tees, Wed 3rd Oct 2012 at 7.30pm, ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Box Office: 01642 525199, Book online:

  • Manchester, Sat 6th Oct 2012 at 8pm, Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA, Booking: 0161 274 0600 or

  • Scotland, Thurs 11th Oct at 7.30pm, Presented by Eastwood Park Theatre, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road Giffnock G46 6UG as part of Eastrenfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film festival. Box Office – 0141 577 4970

  • Scotland, Fri 12th Oct 2012 at 7.30pm, Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street , Lochgelly, KY5 9RD, Box Office: 01592 583303 or

  • Scotland, Wed 17th Oct 2012 at 7pm, The Lemon Tree, 5 West North St, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT Box office: 01224 641122 or

  • Leeds, Sat 13 Oct 2012 at 7.30pm (main auditorium) The Carriageworks, Leeds, Box office: 0113 224 3801 or

Check out further info on access for tour dates here.

To see the first 90 second Stumble danceCircus film, click here.

Simon Mckeown presents: Motion Disabled Unlimited

Permission to view is granted; cultural identity removed; disabled avatars move.

A photograph of simon's avatar kick boxing with PUSH ME written across it

Motion Disabled: Unlimited is the 2012 edition of Simon Mckeown’s internationally exhibited exhibition Motion Disabled.

The 2012 impression of the work studies the body and movement of some of the UK’s most famous paralympians and takes the work into new and exciting directions including large scale inflatable sculpture and art led smart phone application.

We are given the chance to watch and study the physicality and movement of the modern day disabled athlete, the paralympian. Imagine taking time to look at the motion of those who move differently. What if you were invited to find the beauty, the exotic and the normal within their movements and physical form?

A large inflatable sculpture form the core part of the exhibition. In addition a series of motion capture based work featuring the paralympians will be shown, featuring shot putting, basketball, and much more and will be shown in galleries and outdoor.

Catch it in London in Jubilee Gardens, by the London Eye from 29th August - 2nd Sept, and then directly outside the Southbank on 3rd and 4th.

McKeown who was named DaDaFest International Artist of Year in 2010 takes his work into the large scale with Motion Disabled Unlimited.

To see Simon Mckeown's first 90 second film on The Space, click here.

Push Yourself

@pushmespace fantastic 90 seconds films giving background to Unlimited commissions #pushmeplease Well worth a #ff if you have a mo

screen shot of the website

The PUSH ME films be on The Space until the end of October - and the 30 min doc will up as soon as possible after we've shot it (and edited it, and done the audio description, the captioning and the BSL Interpretation!)

Remember, you can help us get these artists gain further recognition and be part of the debate by

  • pushing PUSH ME to your contacts too - through our website (

  • joining in with the discussion around the project on the website yourself.

  • following us on Twitter (@pushmespace) and using #pushmeplease to tweet about the project.

Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent


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