Head Above Water

‘Head Above Water’ is a duet exploring the concept of time passing with an insight into two people’s journey of memories, echoes and cycles of the emotional and physical support we as humans desire in order to avoid drowning in our own thoughts.

‘Head Above Water’ represents the unbreakable bonds we create with people regardless of their relationship to us. Towards their last few breaths, these two individuals make the decision to depart together, whether that be physically or spiritually, their journey continues.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation. Commissioned by DanceEast and Pavilion Dance South West. Supported by Dance City, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.


Phil Hargreaves, Executive Producer


  • Choreography Joss Arnott in collaboration with the dancers

  • Executive Producer Phil Hargreaves

  • Original Music Anna Appleby

  • Dancers Vincenzo D'Acquisto and Larissa Longsee (Original cast - Madison Capel-Bird)

  • Musicians Teresa Desiderio Andrea Emanuele

  • Lighting Design Kieron Johnson

  • Costume Design Eleanor Bull

  • Costume Sophie Daniel

  • Photography and Video Josh Hawkins

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