Video and photos from The History of Water. I wasn’t able to film the whole thing due to time constraints, and because the real point of the performance was to be in the water.
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Dress Rehearsal: Swimming Monologue
The water and light have created some ace effects.
Dress Rehearsal: The History of Beverley Road Baths
Another nice photo from the dress rehearsal.
Dress Rehearsal: Swimming Audience
Somehow the girls in the audience arranged themselves like Matisse’s dancers.
Dress Rehearsal: The History of Water
Nadia Morgan tells a story about her early memories of swimming. The lighting is looking lovely.
THe Hull Daily Mail interviewed me about The History of Water. I hope it persuades some readers to come.
The History of Water
The Arts Council and Hull City Council have kindly funded my upcoming project: The History of Water.
It’s an immersive theatre performance inviting audiences for a swim in two of Hull’s historic pools. Beverley Road Baths and East Hull Pools will be transformed through light, sound, music and stories as participants merrily float and splash their way through the show.
I will be performing with Joseph Kloska. Live music and sound design will be provided by Nadia Morgan. Lighting design is by Tim Skelly. The show is about how precious swimming pools are as public spaces. It is a celebration of pools as spaces for reflection, exercise, socialising and fun, but also a reminder of the importance of our public buildings.
Tickets are £10. Come have a swim!
5-6 October, Beverley Road Baths
12-13 October, East Hull Pools
Box Office: +44 (0)1482 466141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The second series of Performance Pods comes to an end with Professor Jen Harvie’s discussion of Immersive Theatre. It’s a subject that’s close to my heart, so I think this is a good one. Enjoy.
Performance Pod 210: Prof Ramsay Burt on Katherine Dunham
Professor Ramsay Burt thinks the African-American dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham’s work has been radically under-valued and under-explored. He talks about her life and work in the latest Performance Pod.
Body and Performance edited by Sandra Reeve
I wrote a chapter for Body and Performance (Ways of Being a Body), published by Triarchy Press. My chapter, ‘The Resilient Body’, is about using the Feldenkrais Method and related somatic approaches to cultivate awareness of the body’s natural resilience. The book includes a range of interesting material about embodied practice in performance. Check it out: http://www.triarchypress.net/body-and-performance.html
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