Author: Broderick Chow

The Dynamic Tensions Physical Culture Show: Documentation

The Dynamic Tensions Physical Culture Show was performed on 13 October 2017, at the Anatomy Museum, Kings College London. This one-off performance event brought together athletes and artists to explore the history of physical culture on the theatrical stage. This film, documenting the entirety of the performance, was made by Alexandros Papathanasiou.

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Dynamic Tensions: Physical Culture Performance at Kings Arts and Humanities Festival 13 October 2017

  DYNAMIC TENSIONS: THE PHYSICAL CULTURE THEATRE SHOW & THE GLOBAL TRANSMISSION OF HEALTH, FITNESS & MANLINESS Friday, 13 October 2017 20:00 – 21:30  Anatomy Museum, Kings College London  Strand, London, WC2R 2LS Free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite: Would you like to test your grip against a strongman? Or challenge a reigning champion wrestler? In Dynamic Tensions you will learn the secrets of strength, vigour, and musculation from the giants of physical culture; everything you need to build a new, and better, you. In the 19th and early 20th century, physical fitness was spread internationally through theatrical performances, which included weightlifting, wrestling, strongman acts, gymnastics,...

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Call for Proposals: Defiant Embodiments in Theatre, Sport, and Performance

  Top Image: British Physical Culturist Stanley Rothwell with Edwin Picton, Brockwell Park Baths, 1939. Handwritten caption: “With Edwin Picton a former gym mate from Ashton-in-Makerfield. Edwin was one of the La Volgas Bros. This was taken in the afternoon when the war was declared.” From The Stanley Rothwell Papers, H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, The University of Texas at Austin. A One-Day Symposium and Workshop / TaPRA Performance and the Body Working Group Interim Event, co-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council 29 April 2016, Brunel University London, Indoor Athletic Centre  Call Deadline: 27 March...

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Brunel Weightlifting Club Competition 2016

I’ve been training with Brunel Weightlifting and my coach, Kristian McPhee, for just over two years. Wednesday I’m doing my first competition, as a novice. Although it feels like I’ve waited a long time to do my first comp, really it’s because as an over-30 lifter, I’m in that awkward age where I’m too new to enter any real comps, but not old enough to do a Masters (+35 years) competition. So I was glad to have the opportunity to get some platform experience and feel what it’s like to actually ‘perform’ this sport. It takes place Wednesday, 30 November, at the Brunel Indoor Athletic Centre. Novice competition kicks off at 16:45 (finish 18:30), followed by an official qualifying competition (18:30 – 20:00) with Commonwealth Games lifter Owen Boxall. Free entry for spectators. More...

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Unlike the real strongmen, Trump’s politics is all spectacle and no technique

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. With the third debate out of the way, the spectacle of the US presidential election is drawing to a close. Throughout the race Donald Trump has prompted commentators to write of his “strongman politics” or his efforts to “join the strongman club”. Other political figures associated with the “strongman” style of politics include Russian president, Vladimir Putin, or Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte – characters that rule by force and build a cult of personality. While I can see why the strongman of British music hall and American...

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