'Dance for the Sea'

Fernando Montaño and Robin Conway

Dance For the Sea

Dance For The Sea is an underwater art exhibition co-produced by First Soloist of the Royal Ballet Company, Fernando Montaño, and underwater photographer, Robin Conway and will take place at Kentish Town Sports Centre 22 – 28 July 2019

Dance for the sea returns to Kentish Town Sports Centre in July 2019 to present a unique underwater viewing experience for swimmers. Comprising of 10 underwater images, captured by Conway, the exhibition showcases Montaño dancing underwater among plastic waste. Images were photographed in the iconic Willes Pool of Kentish Town Sports Centre. It explores the contrast between the disastrous effects of plastic pollution on our oceans and waterways combined with the beauty of transparent water, dance and movement. 

Swimmers will be able to view the exhibition as an immersive experience with images being weighted to the pool floor. The exhibition will be set up daily 6:30am – 2pm, Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday. 

Councillor Simpson, Cabinet Member for Promoting Culture and Communities, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Fernando and Robin back to Kentish Town Sports Centre for the Dance For The Sea project this Summer. The exhibition shines a light on the powerful messages of the catastrophic effect of plastic pollution and resembles important issues that are at the forefront in Camden.”

“The exhibition provides a platform to explore our own impact on plastic waste and how we can collectively work together to protect our environments.”

Access to the exhibition is free with paid pool admission, however throughout the week donations will be gratefully accepted with funds raised being shared with Dance For The Sea’s official charity partner, the Marine Conservation Society. Co-created by Conway and Montaño, Conway captures Montaño underwater as he dances among recycled plastic art sculptures which were produces by students at three different London Schools.

Fernando Montaño said: “Our generation may still be able to enjoy the beauty and mystery of the sea, but it is possible that the next one will never really know that we once had the most incredible seas and oceans full of the most incredible animals.

“Being able to communicate an important message at scale across Ocean screens brings new depth and scale to this performance, something which is very important to both myself and Robin.”

Previews of exhibition photographs will be premiered by premium out-of-home media owner, Ocean Outdoor on World Ocean’s Day (8th June) through to 10th June on Ocean’s Grid network and other screens in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Leeds.

Conway, who captured the imagery said: “Plastic has impacted on our ecosystem and has sadly now been found in locations around the world, previously untouched by human.” 

“Through a unique way of increasing public awareness of the negative impact globally Plastic is having on the planet, a set of 10 of prints are installed at the bottom of the swimming pool. Swimmers have the opportunity to directly experience the work, ‘without breath’ and an opportunity to recognise the absolute necessity to support marine conservation or face a future in which the only clarity they will witness in water will be found in the built environment of local swimming pool.”

Dance for the sea is run in partnership with charity The Marine Conservation Society, Camden's Leisure Centre Operator Better Leisure and Camden Council.