The performance troupe that specialises in dry land synchronised swimming has already kicked off their Summer exploits with public rehearsals in the fountain outside the Cast Theatre in Doncaster, as part of the Right up our Street DNweekeND Festival.
Mermaids will also be popping up in Bradford on the Tour de France weekend and roaming around the streets – a silent movie style fun vintage frolic promenading in the city centre.
Described by audiences as uplifting, and quirky, Yorkshire Life Aquatic’s work is playful and interactive. The concept is to re-imagine public spaces – both real and virtual. They are interested in water, the farcical nature of attempting to swim on ‘dry’ land, using vintage (post war 1940s) aesthetic in their work and iconic ‘pin up’ poses.
Appropriately, they made an appearance at the Leeds Waterfront Festival (28th June) with a community mermaids and pirates ‘splash mob’ project, which involved working with a group of participants and teaching them a dry land synchronised swimming routine to perform at the festival!
They worked with OWL Industries, who made the costumes, and Canal Connections who taught the participants how to drive a barge as part of the project. There is also an online tutorial for people to copy at home!
Yorkshire Life Aquatic are also currently running the ‘Bramley Mermaids Club’, a twenty week course in the water that is a cross between aqua dance and synchronised swimming. The classes run on Monday nights at Bramley Baths promoting health and wellbeing through creativity, creating performance pieces using movement inspired by real synchronised swimming techniques and celebrating the beauty of real women and feminine role models. So far the classes have been a big hit with the members who have been learning moves like ‘Flamingo’ and ‘Swan’.
Yorkshire Life Aquatic will also be performing at Beacons Festival in Skipton in August , and Bathing Beauties on The Seafront, Mablethorpe & Sutton in September.