SILT: Call Out for Open Water Swimmers

Arbonauts is a multi-disciplinary company founded by Helen Galliano and Dimitri Launder with an experimental and collaborative core that creates bold, site-specific performance merging theatre, dance and installation.


Arbonauts are creating a new work for East Beach in Shoeburyness, called SILT, that will be a key performance piece in the landscape for Estuary 2021 - the large-scale arts festival taking place across 83 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline. SILT will be performed this autumn, on the last weekend of September - 25th and 26th in the tidal pool at East Beach in Shoeburyness, Essex.


All Arbonauts work to date is made in collaboration with others - and this work is no different. They are looking to meet and work with people who love being in the water and are from the local area (Essex, London & Kent) to perform in SILT. The project has already signed up an amazing group of swimmers and now has just a few spaces left to join and be part of the project. Arbonauts are particularly interested to hear from people who may have an interest in or experience of physical performance of any kind e.g. dance, theatre or music, although this is by no means essential. They are really open to hearing from everyone - so if you like the sound of the project but you’re not sure it’s for you, get in touch to find out more.


This is a brilliant opportunity to help create and be part of a unique and exciting site-specific performance within the renowned Estuary 2021 programme and to work in the estuary itself, performing for a live audience in September 2021. You will work with a professional creative company, and meet local people from the area with an interest in the estuary.


Please note that SILT will take place in a shallow tidal paddling pool, so you will not be swimming as such, but you will be moving in the water / on the mudflats / on the pool wall, depending on the tide. You should be aware of the physical stamina needed to rehearse and perform outdoors in various weather conditions, and in cold water. Most importantly, you should be willing to embrace the unusual!


Rehearsals & commitment: Preliminary workshops and rehearsals in August are split into two groups: 1. Swimmers based in Essex will be rehearsing near Southend and 2. Swimmers based in London / Kent will be rehearsing in Beckenham, south east London. From September everyone will be rehearsing together on-site at East Beach in Shoeburyness. The overall commitment will be between 8 and 12 sessions in August and September, including performances and rehearsals. Full dates and times are in the online form.


Register and more information: To register your interest please complete this online form.

If you have any questions please email Helen Galliano on [email protected]

More information on SILT here


Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

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Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    Ebbsfleet mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

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Festival Partners

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Festival Supporters

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