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Karen Poley - KP Projects CIC

Karen is a Creative Producer & Artistic Director who has 19 years experience of producing outdoor arts festivals, events, performances & community engagement projects of all scales.

Karen works with a range of partners & collaborators to create projects which cross a range of agendas, linking areas of interest & passion - outdoor arts, dance, cycling, sustainability, healthy living, environmental issues - to provoke, challenge, inspire & reach the widest audience.

Recent work has focused on the bicycle, in two main projects: The Bicycle Ballet Company (www.bicycleballet.co.uk) & reCyculture (www.recyculture.co.uk).

The Bicycle Ballet Company creates contemporary dance performances on, over & around bicycles, exploring people's relationships to their bikes & issues around cycling. Working with a range of collaborators, the company has developed five touring productions since 2006, including;

* The Mass Show, a mass participatory performance

* Everyday Hero, a narrative dance, performed by an integrated company of visually impaired & sighted performers; &

* Strictly Cycling, an improvisational & roving, visual performance, commissioned six times to date, most recently to create a night-time version by The Birmingham Weekender.

Forthcoming projects include: Blazing Saddles & In the Wild.

reCyculture is an installation project which repurposes old & disused bikes to create high impact installations on walls & rooftops. The installations reference the large number of bicycles thrown away or lying disused in bike racks or gardens. Installations are accompanied by digital content - spoken word, stop animation film, interviews etc.

The project's latest incarnation is WindWheels. A unique educational & arts project teaching people to generate wind power using old bike wheels & reCycled materials to create light installations to be exhibited around a town or city. The work is created in collaboration with the University of Brighton's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Dept, to be taught in schools & community groups.

Website http://www.kp-projects.co.uk/