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Welcome To Our Premiere

We are so grateful to have you supporting us and the wonderful work that Surfers Against Sewage are doing to clean up our seas and waterways.

Zipping Up, Stepping in, Wading Out...

The Water Series consists of three experimental documentary style dance films that engage with the current climate crisis, commenting on our collective relationship to water and why we should be protecting it. 

 

Created in response to hopes and fears for the fate of our earth, our oceans and our waterways; our aim is to help galvanise viewers by reconnecting them to the world around them.

 

The films mix storytelling, conceptual movement and first-hand experiences from across the UK. Capturing moments of togetherness with communities from across England and Scotland; featuring adrenaline seekers, social swimmers, and eco-warriors. We hope to bring these water rituals and our dance practice to audiences who might not have experienced either for themselves.

Shot on a combination of Panasonic Lumix S5 and iPhone cameras locked in waterproof cases; the films plunge the viewers into oceans and rivers across the country. 

All of me will return to nature...

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Film One: Aberdeen

Shot in April 2023 on the beaches and rivers around Aberdeen. Open water swimming.

Credits:

Created and Produced by 

Melissa HeywoodRuby De Ville MorelMila Fernandez

 

Shot and Edited by

Louis Greatorex

 

Music  

Cold Bounce by Joe De Ville Morel ft Harvey Gascoyne on bass

Featuring 

Sophie Orr

Seashell Participants with special thanks to Calum Crawley

Chris Henderson

 

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Film Two: London

Filmed on the River Lea in London in May 2023. Kayaking river clean-up.

 

Credits

Created and Produced by 

Melissa HeywoodRuby De Ville MorelMila Fernandez

 

Filmed and Edited by

Louis Greatorex

 

Music 

River Lea by Gregor Marr

Featuring

EcoTripping represented by Oli Back & Liam Harrison

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Film Three: Devon

Filmed on Dartmoor in June 2023. An ode to water. 

Credits

Created and Produced by 

Melissa HeywoodRuby De Ville MorelMila Fernandez

 

Filmed and Edited by

Louis Greatorex

 

Music 

Moss Feet by Otis De Ville Morel

Support & Acknowledgements 

The Water Series  was funded by the Trinity Laban Innovation Award 2022/23.

 

We would like to thank Citymoves Dance Agency for the amazing residency opportunity in Aberdeen.

Studio Wayne McGregor for the studio space to jump around and find our flow in.

DanceBase for the guidance and mentorship as our emerging collective took shape. 

And a massive thank you also to all of the wonderful people who have supported this project along the way. Special mention to family Heywood and family Morel!

Premiere at Staffordshire St Gallery 

We are premiering The Water Series on 16th November 2023 in London at the Staffordshire Street Gallery.

 

Staffordshire Street is an independent project space in Peckham, South East London. The venue facilitates arts and cultural events and provides studios for artists, makers and designers. As a not for profit Community Interest Company, they aim to provide a programme with an artist-led approach, building a platform where innovative ideas can be discussed and emerging voices are heard. For more information on upcoming events click here or follow them on instagram @staffordshirest

The launch of the films is being hosted as a fundraising event for Surfers Against Sewage; a grassroots environmental charity that campaigns to protect the ocean and all it makes possible. Over the last 30 years Surfers Against Sewage has grown into one of the UK’s most successful marine conservation and campaigning charities. For more information on upcoming events click here or follow them on instagram @surfersagainstsewage

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