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Monday Night Improv : Rebecca Mackenzie

Rebecca Mackenzie, photo Antigone Avdi

Improvisation, as with wild swimming, is an act of diving into the unknown. We will embark by connecting with our body’s oceanic inheritance through the evolutionary link of saline, symmetries and our tidal breath. We will then discover different creatures of the depths and let these travel through our bodies, allowing their motion to influence ours. Developing improvisation skills, we will explore how to dive into the moment, how to float amidst the rise and fall of waves, how to visit our shipwrecks with sensory curiosity. Together, we will encounter shoals of words and islands of sound amongst the ever-shifting tides of an all-encircling present.

“I learn so much from people in the way they meet the unknown in life and water is a great test. I am sure no adventurer nor discoverer ever lived who could not swim. Swimming cultivates imagination . . . This love of the unknown is the greatest of all the joys which swimming has for me.” Annette Kellerman, 1887 – 1975, champion sea swimmer and cinema star.