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DEEP ANATOMY: Where Freediving and Performance Meet

The Playground NZ in association with Suunto Vertical Blue 2015 announce the Call For Applications for Deep Anatomy – a special symposium on Long Island, in the Bahamas in April 2015. Artists, academics, and athletes are invited to participate in a two-week long incubator of new dialogues between extreme sport, performance, and a Caribbean island community. (A  thoughtful format– sensitive to the needs of athletes (and the competition), was designed to ensure the highest level of participation by offering a two-day symposium after the conclusion of  VB2015 such that athletes will be unencumbered of any pressures heightened during the comp.)

The Playground is a performing arts production company in New Zealand with a strong history of initiating and leading cross-over arts projects; such as the annual Performance Arcade on Wellington Waterfront, and the acclaimed art-science collaborations SLEEP/WAKE and The Waking Incubator. Playground director Sam Trubridge will work on Deep Anatomy with his brother William Trubridge: world-record breaking free-diver and director of the annual Vertical Blue freediving championship in The Bahamas. Dubbed by New York Times as “the Wimbledon of free-diving”, this event uses the unique geography of Dean’s Blue Hole as the site for this competition, where athletes step off the sands of a pristine Caribbean beach into 208 meters of water. Artists, athletes, scientists, and academics from around the world are invited to submit proposals to participate in this groundbreaking event, which is included in Fluid States: the Performance Studies International (PSi) #21 circuit of globally dispersed conference events.  Athletes registered in Vertical Blue 2015 can participate for free, but will still need to submit proposals to Deep Anatomy if there is a specific contribution that they want to make to the creative portion of the event.

Stay tuned to DeeperBlue for more updates on this exciting, collaborative development and download the application pdf here if you’d like to offer your submission.


photo © Agustin Munoz

Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.