Created by Ray Young, BODIES is a sound and performance installation taking place in Leytonstone Leisure Centre’s swimming pool.
It invites you into the pool for an active, sensory experience of water, discovery and rest.
Commissioned by Unlimited, this immersive water, light and soundscape environment investigates the embodied experiences of our relationships with water.
A sister piece to the at-home performance experience THIRST TRAP, BODIES continues Young’s investigation into water as a key character in our collective conversations on climate justice.
'They said with wonder and admiration, you are still alive, like hydrogen, like oxygen.'
Dionne Brand, The Blue Clerk
BODIES has been created in collaboration with Gail Babb, Nandi Bhebe, Season Butler, Naomi Kuyck-Cohen, Nao Nagai and Nicole Raymond aka NikNak.
Need to know
For ages 18+
This work explores mature themes of water, climate and social justice.
What to expect
You are an active audience member in the swimming pool itself and spend approximately 50 minutes in the water.
Please bring a swimming costume, a towel, a pair of poolside safe sandals, and goggles if you have them.
BODIES guides you through chapters of movement and discovery. But you may also decide your own interaction with the piece.
If at any point you want to have your own swim, get out of the pool or take a poolside break, that is welcome.
Fully qualified lifeguards are at hand at all points of the experience. Floating aids are available.
You will be asked to indicate your level of comfort in the water before the event. This determines at what depth you are initially positioned in the pool.
This event is Captioned.
Audio Description is available during this event.
If you have any additional access requirements that you’d like to discuss in advance, please email
You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email. Find out more about our Access Scheme
Dates & times
Thu 8 Sep, 3pm 5pm & 7pm
- Standard entry£15*
* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.
** Limited availability. Read about concessions.
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