Aqua Impura and The Water Banquet

Richard Downing

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Aqua Impura is delivered to an audience of only eighteen gathered at the table. Borrowing the structure of social dining, these eighteen guests are served a series of offerings (grouped as 'Beginnings', 'Middles' and 'Ends') chosen from a menu of alternatives. These offerings, however, are not of food, but of sound, image, object and action which, whilst complete in themselves and individually served, together form a field of activity which encompasses the entire table. It is the juxtaposition of the public and private, of the shared and the personal, that distinguishes the experience and genuinely acknowledges and embraces the presence and necessity of each guest. It is this, too, together with the initial element of choice, that makes each sitting of 'Aqua Impura' unique and unrepeatable.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherU-Man Zoo Theatre
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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