Be Like Water 2012
World Premiere | Linbury Studio Theatre at Royal Opera House, London
27 Nov 2012 | 7.45pm
28 Nov 2012 | 7.45pm
National tour begins 2013
Duration: 50 mins
Be Like Water
This piece began with Hetain wanting to recreate a scene from a kung fu movie that he loves. He knew it would be performative but without knowing whether it would become a video or live piece.
It became both: a video installation, The First Dance and also a live work Be Like Water.
Be Like Water became a meeting place for Hetain’s live and video practice which features in the show, and like TEN, has been developed for the theatre.
But after TEN, Hetain knew he didn’t want to speak on stage in his own voice. To repeat this would have felt too comfortable. Instead he would speak in Chinese or use subtitles.
It started as a solo piece, but through a chance experiment with dancer Shelley Maxwell, things changed and Hetain became interested in asking a female performer to be his translator, avatar, or somewhere in between.
Concept, text and choreography: Hetain Patel
Performers: Hetain Patel & Yuyu Rau
Digital Artist: Barret Hodgson
Music: Ling Peng
Light designer: Jackie Shemesh
Dramaturgy: Michael Pinchbeck & Eva Martinez
Moving image adviser: Lucy Cash
Additional choreographic input: Shelley Maxwell, Susanna Recchia, Aurea Romero, Sarita Piotrowski
Producer: Gwen van Spijk
Co-commissioned by Royal Opera House (ROH2), London, Dance4 and New Art Exchange, Nottingham. Development supported by Broadway Media Centre, Lakeside Arts Centre and Hatch, Nottingham, and South East Dance, Brighton.