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  1. The estuary is a watery commons, a liquid ecosystem composed of multiple actors, organisms, matter & agencies. It is the undefined area in which the freshwaters of the river are entwined with the saline waters of the coastal environment. Also known as an ecotone, it is a shifting & moving meeting place between two biological communities, which are subject to the influences of tidal flows, wave patterns & the flux of salt & sediment.

    these supple waters was originally commissioned by The Old Waterworks, Southend-on-Sea, 2019. The work resulted from investigations of conservation projects, ecological sites, estuarine communities and industrial histories along the Thames and Blackwater estuaries. Historically, the estuaries in Essex have been used as dumping grounds for the city’s waste, resulting in a "toxic cocktail" of refuse material. More recently, these sites have ceased taking landfill and have been as declared areas of scientific interest due to their complex toxicity.

    The video incorporates footage shot in Southend during a research residency and documentation of a choreographic workshop I developed with dance artist Marta Ammendola at Pavilion Dance South West in June 2019. Using material gathered from the residency, such as passages of text, video & field recordings, the work responds to the estuarine landscapes and suggests the slow secretion of a toxic landscape, presenting the body as intermeshed and porous.

    Credits:

    Dance artist: Marta Ammendola

    DoP: Amy Alicia/ Emily Hawes

    Voiceover: Stella Kajombo

    Supported by: 

    The Old Waterworks/ Arts Council England 

    The Artists' Information Company (a-n)

    Pavilion Dance South West

    Arts University Bournemouth

    Thank you:

    The Old Waterworks

    Metal (Southend)

    Pavilion Dance South West

    Stacey Belbin 

    Annie Hill 

    Marta Ammendola 

    Amy Alicia 

    Stella Kajombo

    Warren Harper

    Commissioned by TOW, 2019