Bodies of Water
An immersive performance experience
Bodies of Water is a playful, multi-sensory performance experience weaving together movement, choreography, water, objects and sound. We encounter water in our everyday lives - through our bodies and environment. We invite you to immerse yourselves in a unique performance experience, as we explore and celebrate this transformative element that connects all living things.
Bodies of Water is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and experimental performance project initiated by Glasgow-based choreographer/performer Saffy Setohy in 2018 in response to BRAW, a project by The Touring Network. Made and performed by a collective of artists including Aya Kobayashi choreographer/performer, Joanna Young choreographer/performer, Nicolette Macleod musician/sound designer and Saffy Setohy. Bodies of Water will premiere with Findhorn Bay Arts at the James Milne Institute on Saturday 21st September 2019, before touring to places and communities in Scotland.
People and environment are at the heart of the work. Explored through choreography, movement, sound, visual art and participatory practices, Bodies of Water aims to draw connections between our experiences as humans made mostly of water, our relationship to it personally, politically, environmentally, and the materiality of water (its choreographic, sculptural and sound potential). Underpinning the work, is an understanding that if we can connect to and inhabit the realities of our bodies and experiences, we will relate to and more easily consider our environment, our communities and the challenges that we face.
The artists expanded their choreographic practice to include walking and moving, drawing, writing, arranging, making, reading and sounding. Their research has ranged over diverse terrain; their felt sense and memories of water in their environment and bodies, the body as a container and vessel, water filtration, deep mapping, deep time, geological processes, plastic pollution, ‘artificial’ nature, the materiality of water in its liquid, solid and gaseous states. They have developed the work in Forres, Findhorn, Dunbar and Glasgow, sharing ideas with audiences along the way. They were part of the exhibition, TIDE:Dialogues of Change in Dunbar, presenting traces of their research in a range of media. They also facilitated a creative walk as part of the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.
James Milne Institute, Findhorn - Premiere Saturday 21st September, 2pm & 7pm
findhornbayarts.com / 01309 673137
Reiss Village Hall, Caithness - Saturday 28th September, 3pm & 8pm
lytharts.org.uk / 01955 641 434
The Barn, Banchory - Saturday 5th October, 2pm & 7.30pm
thebarnarts.co.uk / 01330 825431
Platform Easterhouse, Glasgow - Saturday 12th October, 1pm & 4pm
platform-online.co.uk/ 0141 276 9696 [Opt 1]
West Barns Village Hall, West Barn, Dunbar - Saturday 19th October, 3pm & 7pm
thebrunton.co.uk/ 0131 665 2240
• Suitable for adults, and young people 8 years and above.
• Show duration: 1 hour
• The capacity for each performance is capped at 25 people per showing, making for an intimate experience.
• The artistic team are available for interview upon request
• Bodies of Water is supported by the Creative Scotland Open Project Fund, Findhorn Bay Arts, The Touring Network, The Work Room, North Light Arts via The John Muir Open 2019, Lyth Arts Centre, The Barn, Surf the Wave seed generator fund, Platform Easterhouse.
QUOTES FROM AUDIENCES:
“Bodies of Water was a delight… an invitation to drop all the ‘doing’ of our day and be present to the wonder and the beauty of water in its many forms.”
“Re-experience water through the senses, as a child might do for the very first time”
FOLLOW US/ MENTION US/ CONTACT US:
● Facebook, Instagram & Vimeo; @Bodiesofwater2019
● Tourbook; @Bodies of water
● saffysetohy.co.uk | joannayoung.co.uk
●ayakobayashifootprints.wordpress.com | nicolette.me
For further media information please contact: Vikki Stewart | Bodies of Water Project Manager
Email: Vikki.email@example.com | Mobile: 0797 5678 558