Out of the Deep Blue

Autin Dance Theatre



Out of the Deep Blue is a large-scale performance, featuring one female contemporary dancer and a four-metre tall sea giant puppet operated by five puppeteers. This outdoor spectacle is designed specifically for family and festival audiences and is inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis.

About Out of the Deep Blue

The performance tells the magical story of Eko the sea giant that rises from the deep ocean and his encounter, on the shore, with a little girl called Violet. The choreography is a larger-than-life ‘pas de deux’ using dance theatre and movement as storytelling tools and is set to a mesmerising musical soundscape.

Out of the Deep Blue exists as a two-part performance; one 20-minute long promenade of the giant puppet interacting with its environment and the audience and one 25-minute dance theatre duet located at a set performance space.

About Autin Dance Theatre

Autin Dance Theatre is an innovative and interdisciplinary touring dance theatre company based in Birmingham (UK), established since 2013 under the helm of director/choreographer Johnny Autin. Autin Dance Theatre is a collaborative and project-based arts organisation that produces engaging artistic performances and provides extensive learning & participation programmes in the community.

AutinDT’s mission is to inspire, educate and instigate positive social changes by delivering world-class multi-disciplinary arts activities. Since 2013, they have built a strong reputation for their work internationally with highly acclaimed productions including A Posi+ive Life, Queer Words, Dystopia, Pathos, TZ Project and Square One.

For more information on Autin Dance Theatre visit their website here.

Watch the Out of the Deep Blue ‘How to Make Your Own Puppet At Home’ series of online tutorials on their YouTube Channel.

Creative / Production credits

Director / Choreographer: Johnny Autin

Puppet Designer: Mr Cleaver’s Monsters

Puppetry Expert: Ben Thompson

Producer: Adam Towndrow

Production Assistant: Annalise Cowan

Dramaturg: Neus Gil Cortes

BSL Interpreter: Rachael Veazey

Audio Description: Bruce Tetlow

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Autin Dance Theatre presents Out of the Deep Blue with the support of Arts Council England, Midlands Arts Centre – MAC, 101 Outdoor Arts, Déda*, Birmingham City Council, DanceXchange and R&D investment from Without Walls Blueprint.

*Out of the Deep Blue is supported using funding provided by the Offsite affiliate partners (Appetite, Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange, Derby Festé & Wild Rumpus).