Are you ready to dive in?
The first offering of LivePerformance360 in 2022.
Swimming Home is an immersive theatre experience for an audience of one, that takes place in their own bathroom. It was developed through interviews with swimmers from all over the UK and delivered directly into people’s homes through a phone App. Swimming Home, Silvia Mercuriali’s latest Autoteatro show, brings a fully immersive theatre experience into people’s homes, transforming their bathroom into a filmic water-world.
Standing in their bathroom, wearing a swimming costume, goggles and some headphones, the audience is led through a journey of rediscovery of their relationship with water as they prepare to enter their bath (or shower). A sonic reality matches the participants’ actions as they are instructed to move around their bathroom, inviting them to watch their surroundings through a new poetic lens, allowing the bathroom to take on new guises. Sometimes an antechamber of a municipal pool, other times an outdoor pool in the hills of Hollywood, the familiar shifts constantly through sound.
The show mixes together instructions, binaural and underwater recordings, film extracts and interviews with swimmers to transport the audience, in and out of the pool, superimposing imagined realities onto that which they watch.
Mercurious NET App
Swimming Home is experienced through the new app Mercurious NET – National Ear Theatre, a sound-based interactive theatre App turning the everyday world into a stage. Directly from your own phone wherever you are, you have access to Silvia Mercuriali’s unique Autoteatro shows. Whether set in a public space or from the comfort of your own home, your surroundings become the backdrop of a fantastical parallel reality transforming the everyday into a new poetic world. The App is available worldwide creating a community of HOME SWIMMERS which reaches beyond geographical borders.
Feb 23, 24, 25 – 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm
Feb 26, 27 – 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 7:30 pm, & 9:30 pm
Please note that all show times will adjust to YOUR LOCAL TIME.
Ticket price: $10
Artist Talkback with Silvia Mercuriali
February 24 at 12 pm PST
Sherry J Yoon in conversation with Silvia Mercuriali, creator of SWIMMING HOME and Eliza Calmat, producer of the French iteration.
As part of LivePerformance360, this artist talkback will allow our audience to engage with the artists behind the work.
DIY Swimming Home
DIY Swimming Home is a photographic project born alongside the interactive theatre show Swimming Home about the relationship we have with water and its ability to connect us all. Born almost by chance during lockdown, the artist has invited people to send a picture of themselves as if swimming in their own home. The pool becomes just a state of mind, an openness to floating, waiting and just being, undefined, unclassified. Even when confined in our own homes water still connects us all ‘through the pipes, under your floor, up and down stairs, around the bends, into Hollywood’s private pools and then finally home‘.
“Now that we are so distant from each other and kept separate in our own bubbles, unable to travel, I especially feel the need to connect more. DIY Swimming does this with the simple action of taking a picture.”Silvia Mercuriali
Get creative! Send us your self-portrait in your Swimming Home gear at firstname.lastname@example.org and be a part of the community!
Silvia Mercuriali has been working in theatre since 1998, creating events, site-specific installations, experimental theatre shows and immersive performances, focusing on altering the perception of everyday environments and the people inhabiting them, to turn reality into a fictional and poetic world.
Since 2007 she has created work using the strategy of Autoteatro which she pioneered with Ant Hampton for the show Etiquette. Autoteatro is a theatrical strategy developed by Silvia Mercuriali and Ant Hampton in 2007, which explores a new kind of performance whereby audience members perform the piece themselves following a set of pre-recorded instructions. The participants find themselves playing a role within a fictional narrative, without having to act or improvise, but simply abandoning themselves to a predetermined script, discovering the story as they enact it.
Silvia has experimented with this new strategy, applying it, stretching it and moulding it to different technologies and in different contexts constantly inviting audiences to question what is real and what is not. The audience’s panoramic view of Silvia’s work is a melange of public & private interactions, comprising both the random- unplanned and the controlled-scripted.
She has presented work internationally and has been commissioned by cultural centres and theatres including Brisbane Powerhouse (AUS), Museum of Art of Kochi (JP) as well as UK commissioning bodies such as Wellcome Trust, Fuel Theatres, The Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, and Harrogate Theatre & Yorkshire Festival.
Giuseppina Di Gesaro
Giuseppina Di Gesaro is a performer, curator and creative producer passionate about interdisciplinary art and public space, site specific interventions, digital experiments or participatory works that question traditional genres and the fruition practises. She produces experiences which contemplate the audience’s participation at any level of the production.
She first graduated from the University of Palermo in Drama Theatre with the thesis: “Outlines for an Artaudian theatre: the case of SoggettileTeatro”. She then got a Master in Multimedia and Performing Arts at the University of Bologna, with the dissertation “The scene as an environmental device: elements of composition”, with professor Enrico Pitozzi, in which she investigates the production of scenic environments through the development of machines, which do not necessarily include the presence of the performers, and the central role that the space and the audience acquire in the contemporary performing arts practises.
Since 2011 she has been part of the Palermo-based company SoggettileTeatro, to promote various kinds of poetic actions.
The passion for cinema and in particular documentaries, the necessity to deepen her interest in the visual culture, put her on the path of the cinema collective Humareels: she was the main producer of multidisciplinary festival Poverarte, and curated screenings and exhibitions. She is currently a board member of Humareels.
She has worked for the contemporary performing arts festival perAspera (Italy), GDIF Festival (London) Kensington and Chelsea Festival (London).
In the last 4 years she has been mainly focused on producing independent artists works: Silvia Mercuriali (UK / Italy), Francesco Bentivegna (UK/Italy), Monia Baldini (UK/Italy), Juste avant La compagnie – (France).
For Silvia Mercuriali I have produced her last digital show Swimming Home, which takes place in people’s houses, directly through the app Mercurious-NET, National Ear Theatre.
English Narrating Voices Silvia Mercuriali, Sam Booth and Simon Kane
Italian Narrating Voices Silvia Mercuriali, Neri Marcorè, Andrea Fugaro, Fabrizio Matteini
French Narrating Voices Eliza Calmat, Aurélien Pawloff et Tristan Bruemmer
English Swimmers Voices Amy Cooper, María Estévez-Serrano, Zed Lightheart, Amaia Mugica, Maia Rossi, Kazuko Ohki, Karen Le Roy Harris, Daniel Barnard, Nigel Blackwell
Italian Swimmers Voices Alessandra Bincoletto, Simona Brighetti, Anna Caltagirone, Silvia Cattoi, Cristian Ceresoli, Valeria Coizza, Giusi Di Gesaro, Silvia Gallerano, Alberto Pavoni, Pier Antonio Marchesi, Giuseppe Parvenza, Tommaso Perego, Alessandra Ruggeri, Marco Ortu
French Swimmers Voices Melissa Bruemmer, Georges Pawloff, Ruben Badinter, Salomé Dugraindelorge, Roxanne Joucaviel, Gisela Bursztyn, Karine Dardé, Didier Lafond
App Development & Sound Design Michele Panegrossi
Underwater Recording Lewis Gibson