Established as the first freerunning competition in the world in 2007, Red Bull Art of Motion makes its long-awaited UK debut in London on Sunday March 20th, 2011 outside the National Theatre. The event is like no other, and will captivate the eye with an amazing blend of artistry from the disciplines of free running, parkour, martial arts and gymnastics.
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Red Bull Art of Motion leaps into London and lights up the National Theatre
The National Theatre, on the South Bank, might be best known for dazzling performances on the stage but at 18:00 on March 20th , visitors to the famous venue will be treated to a dramatic outdoor spectacle that will top the lot with free running event, Red Bull Art of Motion.
Red Bull Art of Motion is a one-off event that will see 24 of the world’s best free-runners leap and flip their way across the multi-leveled building as they go head-to-head in the first competition of its kind in the United Kingdom.
Free-running is a form of urban acrobatics, in which athletes perform tricks using the obstacles in the environment around them. Incorporating elements of parkour, the free-runners will pull off gymnastic moves as they navigate their way across a designated course, which will offer them plenty of opportunity to attempt heart-stopping stunts.
During the first round of the competition, each of the competitors have 90 seconds to freestyle across the course, showing-off on and utilising several different obstacles and features.
A panel of four judges, who are among the world’s best-known exponents of parkour, will then decide who has impressed the most and the top 12 contestants will advance to the finals and get another crack at the course.
On this final run they will judged on their creativity, execution, flow, and technical difficulty, with a winner ultimately being crowned.
Taking part will be 8 free runners from the UK including the world renowned Ryan Doyle from Liverpool. He said: “Red Bull Art of Motion gives free-runners a unique opportunity to perform in front of a wider audience and what better place to do that than The National Theatre. It’s great that the event has finally come to the UK and everyone here is really looking forward to it.”
Established as the first free running competition in the world in 2007, Red Bull Art of Motion is preparing for its long-awaited UK debut – spectators can expect to see some of the world’s best athletes pushing themselves to the limit.