the moment I saw you I knew I could love you

Woman with pearls

the moment I saw you I knew I could love you

Every once in a while, something happens that that makes your pulse race or your heart skip a beat.

The moment I saw you I knew I could love you explores ‘gut feelings’ and flight, fight and freeze reactions – sudden deluges of chemicals flooding the system. The piece is set adrift at sea in a slippery topography of instinct and impulse, where desire, fear or panic occasionally hits us unawares like a rogue wave.

Audience experience the show sitting in life rafts as performers drift in and out with tales of instinct, impulse, love, fights to the death and undefended moments. The piece is punctured by moments of surprising intimacy; audience members are offered a tarot-like ‘gut reading’ with a portable handheld ultrasound device, a tiny film is projected on to a slip of sea sickness tablets nestled in an audience members palm.

Octogenarian couple balance an apple between them
Woman with pearls
The moment I saw you I knew I could love you
Woman with flashlight
The moment I saw you I knew I could love you

The moment I saw you I knew I could love you (2010), was funded by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, and toured widely in the UK between 2010 and 2013 – including Chelsea Theatre, London, and the Edinburgh Festival – and internationally, including Ljubljana in Slovenia in the City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts (2013), the Sydney International Theatre Festival at Carriageworks, Australia, and Live Art Festival and PS122 in New York. The piece was made in collaboration with filmmaker Andrew Kötting and composer Graeme Miller, and features Claudia Barton.