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Ray Young




Wheelchair accessible icon Relaxed performance

Saturdays 20 & 26 August
10am – 12pm, 12 – 2pm, 3 – 5pm
Summerhall offsite @ Deans Community High School, Livingston (subject to licence)
Live art
Suitable for ages 16+

Sensitive content:
Audience participation, audience required to walk or move around during the performance, audience required to undertake directed movement, Covid safety measures, audience required to declare swimming ability in advance


Show Description

Young and their collaborators transform a swimming pool into a unique immersive environment for BODIES. An interactive performance that explores the essential character of water, its universal presence, and the importance of collective action in achieving climate justice.

Guided by Young, we gather in the pool for a sensory experience – to float, discover, and move in synchronisation. Here, the dynamics of individual and collective energies play out as powerful forces of creation and renewal as well as destruction and devastation.

With our very existence threatened by climate emergency, BODIES holds space for us to navigate the entangled and complex relationship we have with the planet, and therefore the urgent responsibilities we have to each other.


A dark swimming pool is illuminated by a kaleidoscopic blue and pink wall projection, which makes the space glow blue. A few swimmers recline in the water, using pool noodles to keep them afloat. Small orbs glowing green, pink, and blue float in the water with them.
BODIES by Ray Young. Image by William Townsend.