Edd Arnold’s “By The Sea”

May 26, 2023

Director and choreographer Edd Arnold and dancer Tia May Hockey rise and fall with the waves in “By The Sea,” the result of Arnold’s nine-month exploration of the healing power of the ocean. “It felt important to try and capture all of these things,” he wrote on Instagram about the sanctuary he discovered in the water. Through deep breaths, windmilling arms, and tumbling across the sand, Arnold and Hockey interpret the constant, yet untamed movement of the sea. With costumes made by Allison Ozeray from recycled ocean plastics, the pair’s serene performance is accompanied by Anna Phoebe’s composition, featuring the harmonies of the Trans Voices choir. “By The Sea” was captured by Ben Williams on the south coast of England, with co-direction by Sean Flanagan.