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CityMoves Residency 

With the support of CityMoves, we had a wonderful week long residency in Aberdeen to work on the creation and development of the first film in The Water Series. 

We shifted from the studio to the shore taking time to explore our practice inside and outdoors. During the week it was also important for us to try and connect with local communities. This ethos found us plunging into the North Sea with ice water dippers, bobbing down the river with meditative swimmers and watching the sunrise across the sea with early rising photographers.

The residency allowed us to develop the movement language of The Water Series and explore ways of filming movement in natural landscapes focusing on authenticity, connectivity and joy.

 

With salty skin, shivering chins and numb toes we ended the week in Aberdeen feeling elated with the progress we had made.

In The Studio

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We were joined by our collaborator Louis Greatorex who captured some behind-the-scenes shots of us at work in the studio.  

On The Beach

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Our Tuesday morning started early; with a sunrise swim and meet-up with Aberdeen based photographer Chris Henderson.

 

His images of sea swimmers beautifully capture both the pre-dip anticipation and post-dip flush of wild swimming. Check out Chris' portrait project on his Instagram @chrshndrsn

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Towards the end of the week we joined Seashell for a final sprint to the sea.

A family-run sustainable business, brand and community, Seashell welcomed us into their water ritual. We charged into the waves with a series of head dunks, bellyflops and shrieks of laughter.

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In The River

We continued our Aberdeen Residency into the weekend visiting more of the coast and then venturing inland for a river swim with Sophie Orr. Sophie has a more meditative practice and we joined her in a Wim Hof style warm up before and after our swim.

Images other than those specified are by: Louis Greatorex

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