Sam Trubridge with William Trubridge

Sam Trubridge is the artistic director of The Performance Arcade, and a artist who works between performance art, directing and designing theatre, and curatorial projects. Across these outputs he explores a versatile and fluid approach to art making - informed by liquid spaces, coastal environments, and states of precarity. Last year he has presented hi own performance art walk in The Prague Quadrennial and graduated with a PhD from Massey Unviersity College of Creative Arts. This year he will be presenting the Aotearoa New Performance Festival in New York City, and touring a new dance theatre work to Wellington, New York, and Hastings.

William Trubridge is an 18x world-record breaking freediver. His current world record is for a 102m dive in the No Fins category - an event that was supported by Steinlager and broadcast around the world in 2016. He runs the Vertical Blue freedive school and the Vertical Blue freediving competition in Long Island, The Bahamas - described by NY Times as 'The Wimbledon of Freediving'. In 2017 William published his autobiography 'Oxygen' and in 2019 was part of the documentary 'Water Baby' that featured the birth of his daughter with actress/model Sachiko Fukumoto.


Following on from the success of Swans in 2019, a brand new performance projection has been developed for Wellington Harbour’s Carter Fountain, with support from Trustpower. Every night throughout the festival period the harbour will come to life with a 10m projection of divers swimming and dancing on the water; Eighteen-time world record breaking freediver William Trubridge has worked with fellow freedivers to create this stunning visual spectacle.

Director: Sam Trubridge
Freediver: William Trubridge
Videographer: Ryuzo Shinomiya
Video editor: Amber Strain

Thanks: Dejan Jeremic, Peter Hemsley, Toby Acheson, DW Dentice, Lester McGrath

Presented by Trustpower

With support from Royal NZ Ballet and Wellington City Council

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