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Out of Water

The singers are out of breath

The swimmers are out of their depth


The sea glistens mirage-like in the distance. In the early morning light a group of singers and swimmers strike out towards the water's edge until they span the wide expanse of beach. They each look towards the sea, eyes intent, focused on the horizon, searching for something. Is somebody lost at sea?

Created by Helen Paris and Caroline Wright, Out of Water features a specially  commissioned sound-score by acclaimed composer Jocelyn Pook and singing by Laura Wright and Oo La Lume. Stories of endeavour, of swimming, of sinking, interweave with haunting music, lifeguard drills, calls for help and struggles for breath.

Out of Water was part of the London 2012 Festival. It was supported by PRS For Music Foundation's Women Make Music funding scheme, Norfolk County Council and Escalator Live Art. With thanks to Natural England and the Holkham Estate. 

Out of Water was also part of Performance Studies International, performed at Fort Funston beach in San Francisco and at beautiful Portobello in Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Festival