Kate Adams

Kate Adams

An interdisciplinary performance maker and researcher exploring how artistic practices can strengthen relationships with the natural world and engage emotions in our climate and ecological crises.

An interdisciplinary performance maker and researcher exploring how artistic and relational practices can help us strengthen our relationship with the natural world and to engage with difficult emotions associated with the climate and ecological crises.

I work as a performer, dramaturg, writer, and as a lecturer at the University of Salford. I am the artistic director for Water is Attracted to Water, an interdisciplinary exploration of the human relationship with water and I also contribute as a board member to the Climate Psychology Alliance.

I think of my work as speculative non-fiction – predominantly nonfiction, bringing together different disciplines, but combined with the speculative and poetic – imagining how our relationships, creativity, playfulness and resilience might grow stronger at the same time we face the difficult emotions and truths of the world we live in.

My main artistic project Water is Attracted to Water combines theatre, short film, dance, music, science and workshops. Our short film, ‘One Day We Will Dance With You’ imagines and documents a community dance, The Water Molecule Dance, coming to life as part of a celebration of water, science and sustainable practices. Funded by EU H2020 research project WATERAGRI, the film has won several ecofilm awards at festivals around Europe. As a part of this project, we have also developed a series of workshops with children and adults which explore the materiality of water through movement, drawing, word games and improvisation.