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Presented by Arnolfini; created by James Batchelor and Collaborators. A renowned contemporary dance work comes to Bristol on its international tour -“Rocking, lulling, rolling and mapping, Deepspace maps the terrain between rational deduction and intuitive feeling.” – Arts Review Australia

In 2016 James Batchelor was invited to be official “voyage artist” on a 2-month expedition at sea studying submarine volcanoes in the sub-Antarctic, and their relationship to the Earth’s biosphere. Deepspace is the result.

Combining dance, sound, and installation, Deepspace is a mesmerising, intimate performance that examines our curiosity for the unknown. Playing at the intersection of art and science, the body is taken to the extremities of remoteness and proximity, connectedness and isolation, certainty and uncertainty.

As part of Bristol’s collective call to make space for dance across the city, we’re pleased to present this project on its international tour – fresh from performances in London, Birmingham, Belgium (Concertgebouw), Bassano del Grappa (BMotion Danza), Luxembourg (Trois CL), and Versailles (Plastique Flores).




Read more about a workshop with choreographer James Batchelor. 

Please note: This is an immersive work in which the audience moves through the space with the dancers. People of all abilities can and have enjoyed the work; please let us know if you require seating, or have any other access requirements – email 


Creative Team

Choreographer: James Batchelor

Performers: James Batchelor and Chloe Chignell

Composition and Live Performance: Morgan Hickinbotham

Producer: Bek Berger


Deepspace is presented by Arnolfini with the support of DanceXchange.

Deepspace has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the ACT Government through Screen ACT and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Deepspace was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.