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Participant Spotlight: fanSHEN


fanSHEN works through theatre and the arts to help people imagine what they haven’t thought of yet. Their work promotes ideas of environmental, social and financial sustain-agility and these ideas are embedded in the making-process. fanSHEN is a Mandarin word which translates roughly as ‘to turn the body’ or ‘to turn over.’ The word was used by the Chinese Communist Party to describe their radical, ambitious and ultimately highly destructive land reforms in the 1940s. It therefore evokes ideas of radical change and how terrifying radical change can be – themes which crop up again and again in fanSHEN’s work.


At Deptford Lounge (July 2015) & Wilderness (August 2015)

The Unlympics

This family friendly workshop takes familiar events and turns them upside down and inside out to playfully question whether being the biggest, fastest, strongest really is what we’re after. Events – in what will probably be a heptathlon – include the 100 metres Slowest Running, Strictly Come Tiniest Dancing, the Accidentally Musical Slow Reading Team event, the Shot-Egg Putt, and the world-famous Obstable Course leading a blind-folded partner using loo roll. Practise your focusing skills in a whole new way.

2 Minute Interview

How does your workshop with NOW Live Events relate to being in the moment?

The Unlympics is a playful invitation to be in the moment. Often we think of sports events as the end goal: crossing the finishing line, standing on the podium receiving your medal. The Unlympics turns this inside out: the way to ‘win’ at the 100 metres Slowest Running or Strictly Come Tiniest Dancing is to be in the moment.

What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Live Events slot?

The Shot-Egg Putt is a favourite, mostly because of the potential for mess!

Any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshop with NOW Live Events?

Just turn up ready to play…



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