Thu 12 Sep

Stuart Waters



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Rockbottom is a challenging place.

It’s an opportunity.

A place where transformation can happen.

ROCKBOTTOM is a riveting exploration of one man’s journey into and out of the deep end of human existence.

Combining bold storytelling with highly physical choreography, ROCKBOTTOM is a moving and incredibly honest self-portrait of personal struggle with depression and addiction.

Sharing the highs and lows in his semi-autobiographical story with humour, warmth and honesty, choreographer and performer Stuart Waters shines a light on the roles of resilience and support in recovery.

This thought-provoking night-out is a reflective tool for everyone concerned with mental well-being.

Please Note: This performance will take place in Studio 1.

Stuart Waters' vivid autobiographical solo ROCKBOTTOM uses dance and theatre to address surviving one's own self-destructive impulses. It's a painfully revealing, highly physical look at mental health and that sometimes elusive thing called happiness in which he is, by turns, vulnerable, camp, ravenous, sensitive, intense, ecstatic, unhinged and, eventually, redeemed impressively, he takes us with him every step of the way...’  Donald Hutera

Rock Bottom - Audience Feedback from Rock Bottom on Vimeo.

Age Recommendation: 16+ due to adult content
Please Note: This performance uses strobe lighting, haze, loud noise, and there will be low level light emitted from hand-held tablets used for captioning by some members of the audience.

Access Performance

Hand-held tablets for captioning are available for members of the audience who require them. Please call Box Office on 020 7121 1100 or email to request a hand-held tablet if you require one.

Audio Description is available, please call Box Office on 020 7121 1100 or email to request a headset if you require one.

Spectator School Event

THU 12 SEP: Free post-show panel discussion in Studios 1 & 2

This is a chance for audience members to respond to what they have seen, ask questions and join in a discussion with Stuart Waters, mental health professionals and guests. The discussion will be chaired by choreographer Antonia Grove.

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About Stuart Waters

Originally from Devon, Stuart Waters graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has been a successful performing artist and dance maker for 20 years working at the cutting edge of the devising processes with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance (in which he created central characters in the company’s award-winning tour of LOL (lots of love) and Bordertales, Bare Bones, Motionhouse, Experiential Dance Company and Wired Aerial Theatre. Stuart has been part of the One Dance UK mentorship programme and in 2011 was awarded The Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund to travel to New York for further dance study. He has collaborated with a variety of directors including Mike Ashcroft (RSC), Henri Oguike, Helen Blackburn, (Montreal) and more. 

Stuart began the process of creating ROCKBOTTOM in 2017 and has been commissioned to create choreographic works for Centres of Advanced Training (CAT) Schemes and BA Performing Arts across the UK.

Funded by Arts Council England Creative Local Growth Fun with support from DanceEast

Times: 7.30pm
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn Season 2019