Out of Water
25 – 27 August, arrive at 7.30am for 8am start
Holkham Beach, Norfolk, NR23 1RJ
Flikr gallery can be viewed here.
Filmed excerpts from the live performances can be viewed here.
The singers are out of breath
The swimmers are out of their depth
At Holkham Beach in Norfolk 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 newly commissioned sound-score by acclaimed composer Jocelyn Pook and singing by young soprano 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 is part of the London 2012 Festival.
The audience is asked to gather at the beach end of the car park at Lady Anne’s Drive, NR23 1RJ. The performance starts on the beach at 8am and there is a 10 minute walk from the car park to the beach. The performance moves from the top of the beach to the sea and the audience will be required to stand and walk for about an hour. The beach is composed of mud-flats and sand. It can get quite windy so please wear warm clothing and suitable shoes. Travel and parking details can be found on the Holkham Estate website. Access details can be found here. Please note that there is an easy access trail to the beach but conditions on the beach are changeable and the terrain is not always firm. Please email us if you would like more detailed access information or advice.
The Rose Garden Cafe will be open after the performance from 9am for breakfast butties and hot drinks.
Out of Water is 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.