Foreign Bodies- An underwater Love story


Told through the narration of our host Milton Lopes, Foreign Bodies is an interactive anonymous quiz show developed with Gentlemen Octopus Limited that explores what it means to be a citizen of the world.

Using the metaphor of Jellyfish and beautiful lights, ‘Foreign Bodies’ uses medical understandings of disease and media references around migration to explore the experience of ‘other’. In an age where tools like the web connect us, ‘Foreign Bodies’ crosses borders and oceans illuminating the enormity of time to tell the stories of individuals and echoing the bigger stories: ancestry, evolution and the haunting legacy of historical power structures.

Danced to Fado, Kizomba and Kuduro rhythms created by composer Sabio Janiak.


“Artistically, scientifically and culturally significant… promises to be a powerful and dramatic work of richly layered relevancies.” Katy Noakes, OneDance UK

“Ella has situated (Foreign Bodies) at a fertile intersection of styles and approaches to dance that add up to more than the sum of their parts. The vocabulary shifts and unfolds throughout.” Dan Canham, Artistic Director, Stillhouse

“I was absolutely mesmerised” Heidi Samson, Youth Worker, Creative Youth Network

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Thank you to all who have participated towards the research of this work: Arts Council of England, Luke Pell and South East Dance (Dramaturg in Residence 2018), Dance City, Serendipity Leicester, Metal, Dance Umbrella, Sadler’s Wells, Trinity Centre Bristol, Milton Lopes, David Evans, Patrick Ziza, Franck Arnaud-Lusbec, Lucia Afonso, Elsabet Yonas, Dani Sands, Isaac Ouro Gnao, Rosie Watt, Ciaran Cunningham, Benjamin Winstone, Sabio Janiak, Sabrina Henry, Ersen Ermis, Camilla Greenwell.