‘Immersive performance experience’ to premiere in Findhorn

‘Immersive performance experience’ premieres in Findhorn on Saturday. Image credit: Julia Bauer

Bodies of Water, promoted as “an immersive performance experience”, will premiere with Findhorn Bay Arts at the James Milne Institute on Saturday, 21 September, before touring to places and communities across Scotland.

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 is described as “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.

“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.

What they describe as a ‘teaser video’ can be watched on https://vimeo.com/340525331

The Findhorn performances will be held at James Milne Institute, Findhorn, on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, with tickets available from www.findhornbayarts.com

Suitable for adults, and young people 8 years and above, the show lasts about 1 hour. The capacity for each performance is capped at 25 people per showing, making for an intimate experience.