Catalogue of the exhibition, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, and Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, 2012.Includes stories by Sean O'Toole, Storm Janse van Rensburg and others from the Stories & Conversations platform, which took place during the exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in July 2012.This is the story of a cult hit, told by the people who powered the ratings machine, from its inauspicious start in 1989 through its conclusion in ’96. Bill Conti, theme song composer: So they ask me to do the music; the turnaround time was fast. .” I mean, every time I called back about another piece of music it was, “Well, this guy just fell off this thing. Gemini: That first season was really barbaric; we got busted up like you wouldn’t believe. You’re banging your back, your shoulders, your elbows, your knees. We announced the whole tour at Madison Square Garden. His crew is breaking down, you’re setting up; you’re breaking down, they’re setting up. Ferraro: When we had that tour, that’s when everything went through the roof. Laser: The nice thing about the show was that once a season ended, you could take the rest of the year and work other screen jobs or do gladiator appearances.I’m working stream of consciousness, putting in as much noisy brass as I think will make someone want to stand up and punch someone across the river. ” They say, “Yeah, we loved it—but we’ve got the paramedics here. The contenders were smaller than us, but a lot of them were cops, firefighters, ex-Marines, martial arts guys—tough guys with tough spirits. Gemini: I couldn’t believe how many cameras were there. Gemini: We’d start in Maine and work our way across the country. Malibu: I booked a regular spot on a studio stunt show, Conan the Adventurer, at Universal. A lot of us did trade shows, made extra money signing autographs.Includes an introduction by Johans Borman and paintings by JH Pierneef, Adolph Jentsch, Peter Clarke, Erik Laubscher, Cobus van Bosch, Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes, Simon Stone, Sanell Aggenbach, Clare Menck, Walter Meyer and Joshua Miles. Contributions include: "The Pastor's Gift", with a script by Junior Survivors of Performing Arts and art by Thabo Mondreki and Robbie Millan "Chippa my Auntie" with a scipt written by the Black Ink Arts Movement and art by Susan Opperman, Sabatha Ngesi and Thabo Mondreki "Petrified", a comic strip that came into being during a visual art performance event organised by CCIBA at the old cement factory in Philippi as part of CCIBA's Masterclass and Symposium on the Graphic Novel, coordinated by Andy Mason and Lieve Vanleeuw.
Thirty-four years ago an ironworker named Dan Carr and an Elvis impersonator named John Ferraro took over a high school gym and put on a fundraiser production for the people of Erie, Pa., originally called King of the County. Sabre: From my 600, they narrowed it down to three: me, another guy and Titan [Mike O’Hearn]. Everybody was super serious while I was really drunk and a little high, laughing about everything, making fun of people. After putting me through a battery of tests, the show doctor said, “You’re out for four to six weeks.” I was looking at losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars.They were electricians, truck drivers, car dealers—anyone who would savage his neighbor for 0. Ferraro had the good sense to hire a camera crew, as he hoped to sell the idea as a movie. Lori (Ice) Fetrick, gladiator: I was bodybuilding at the time, training at Gold’s Gym in Venice when I ran into Zapp. Blaze: One time I rolled my ankle playing Breakthrough and Conquer [a combination of wrestling and short-field football]. The show didn’t pay a ton of money [,000 total for the first 13-episode season, plus 400% in residuals], but still: If you missed an episode, you were gonna lose out. I took a handful of Vicodin, went back to the doctor that afternoon and passed every test she put me through. Ferraro: Very quickly, it took on a life of its own. Malibu: Guys were getting together for parties within months of the show being on air.The feats of strength in which they engaged were crude: arm wrestling, tug-of-war. (Carr bowed out.) But when he finally got in front of Hollywood macher Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Goldwyn told Ferraro that what he had on his hands was a much smaller production, something that would work better on TV. My foot was so swollen, I thought I was gonna be out for a week. Gemini: They started having knock-off gladiator competitions on campuses, especially on the East Coast. Ferraro: At that point I went to Goldwyn and said, “We gotta do a tour, take the show on the road.” They fought me tooth and nail, so I started putting it together without them.She is currently a regular in the BBC police drama Holby Blue.Powell is married with two children, a son and a daughter.