Following a sold-out premiere at London's Chelsea Theatre and a critically acclaimed international tour, newly appointed Stanford Drama artists Leslie Hill and Helen Paris (founders of the UK-based performance art group "curious") present, as their Stanford debut, the moment i saw you i knew i could love you.
This new performance was made in collaboration with film-maker Andrew Kötting, composer and sound designer Graeme Miller and performer Claudia Barton. The piece is about ‘gut feelings’; fight, flight and freeze reactions; impulse, love and undefended moments. Film and live action merge with sampled sound and siren song as the audience is cast adrift with only stories and half-remembered truths to sustain them. Designed for liferaft sized groups of audience members at a time, the performance is set in the belly of a whale. Helen Paris and Leslie Hill are known for their edgy, humorous interrogations of contemporary culture and politics, work that has been called "as smart as it is seductive."
Seating is extremely limited. Please note that there will be no late seating for this production.
Click Here to read more about Leslie Hill and Helen Paris and the creation of this piece.
"There are a thousand beautiful moments: my favourites include a film of a woman floating adrift at sea projected onto a tiny Sealegs packet and a harrowing story of a childhood terrorised by a sword-swallower’s accident. It’s a rich and rewarding experience being immersed in this watery world." -Total Theatre
"FOUR STARS. Film and live performance, soundscape and installation combine in this love story to offer glimpses of an endless horizon as well as intimate close-ups.... There is something immensely wistful about a piece that demonstrates that we are merely chemical compounds, and yet also shows us how to discover equilibrium. ...The one show of the week you shouldn't miss." -The Guardian
"FIVE STARS. ...Pure joy that celebrates love and says yes to staying and sticking it out. I urge you to see this..." -Mayfest Review
the moment I saw you I knew I could love you was originally commissioned by Chelsea Theatre for SACRED 2009, Colchester Arts Centre and New Moves International for The National Review of Live Art 2010. It has been made with the support of a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Brunel University, a residency at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Hosking Houses Trust and collaboration with scientists at the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology.