Sea Without Shore is a rhythmically captivating exploration of love and loss at the fin de siècle.

An amorous relationship between two women abruptly cut short.

Dissolving under the impact of the loss of her soul mate, the surviving lover is drawn into the depths of mid-winter forests, into spheres of the subconscious, initiated by unknown forces. There is no return.

Directed by Andre Semenza and Fernanda Lippi, founders of critically acclaimed Anglo-Brazilian physical theatre company Zikzira, makers of ‘Ashes of God’ (“Stupendous” Time Out Critic’s Choice “Intense, flashbacking and highly stylized dance drama” BBC)

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‘The rest live under us; above,
Live the great gods in heaven, and see
What things shall be’

Set in remote forest landscapes and interiors in rural 19th century Sweden, Sea without Shore was photographed in cinema-scope by award-winning British director of photography, Marcus Waterloo.

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‘Everywhere I go I repeat.
I do not belong here’

The original music for Sea Without Shore was created by pioneering composer The Hafler Trio (aka Andrew McKenzie who has collaborated with Chris Watson of Cabaret Voltaire, Fluxus artist Willem de Ridder, Nurse With Wound, Autechre, Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós, amongst others) using the cast’s sonic imprints for the creation of the soundtrack, which, in turn, was used on location.

The cast thus performed inside a cloak of their own sound, in pursuit of a visceral, emotional truth.

A body that disappears
and reappears in the rhythms
of its own scatterings

Post-produced at Pinewood Studios, Sea Without Shore features a sound design supervised by Academy-Award® and multiple BAFTA winner Glenn Freemantle (‘Gravity’).

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“Staging a hypnotic dance of embodied emotion, Sea without Shore speaks powerfully to the senses of sight, hearing, touch. Loss rips, tears, and unravels the fabric of the self like the fraying dress worn by the bereaved lover, entoiling or entangling the viewer in this compulsive exploration of the ‘soul within the sense’.”
Catherine Maxwell
Professor of Victorian Literature, Queen Mary, University of London

'Two souls may sleep
and wake up one’

The stream-of-consciousness narration, a collage of poetic fragments, features words by 16th century lesbian poet Katherine Philips, and 19th century fin de siècle poets Renée Vivien and Algernon Charles Swinburne whose agnostic, visionary poetry lend Sea Without Shore a hypnotic quality.


Woman in lace dress: Livia Rangel
Woman with long black hair: Fernanda Lippi
Forest woman: Anna Mesquita af Sillén
Horse woman: Ankie Hermansson
Voice Over: Marcela Rosas, Fernanda Lippi

Directed by Andre Semenza, Fernanda Lippi
Director of Photography: Marcus Waterloo Choreography: Fernanda Lippi
Original Soundtrack: The Hafler Trio Screenplay and Editor:Andre Semenza
Words by Charles Algernon Swinburne (1837-1909) Katherine Philips ‘Orinda’ (1632-1662)
Renée Vivien (1877-1909) Fernanda Lippi
Costume Design: Fernanda Lippi, Marcus Waterloo, Adalgisa Duque
Sound Supervisor: Academy Award® winner and BAFTA winner Glenn Freemantle
Re-recording Mixer: Brendan Nicholson, Pinewood Studios On-line Editor: Francisco Forbes
Post-production Supervisor: Martin Parsons DCP Grade: Martin Greenbank, Pinewood Studios
Co-producer: Kristian Brandt
Production Manager: Kiljan Eckermann
Produced by Andre Semenza and Fernanda Lippi

DCP 2.35:1 Scope
Length: 01:31:02
© 2019 Maverick Motion and Zikzira Physical Theatre


Creative Team

Zikzira Physical Theatre was founded by Fernanda Lippi and Andre Semenza in 1999.

Fernanda Lippi

Award-winning Brazil-born choreographer Fernanda Lippi, founder of Zikzira Physical Theatre, has produced critically acclaimed work for film, stage and site-specific venues. Fernanda was awarded full scholarship and graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. As a solo artist, she performed ‘Canvas’ at the Tate Modern. Since 2001, Fernanda has choreographed all the company’s live productions, short and feature films, which have been shown at The Riverside Studios, The Barbican London, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Sesc São Paulo, amongst others. Fernanda curates the Zikzira Action Space, the first Brazilian organization to officially host the Grotowski Institute.

Andre Semenza
Artistic Director

Director of Zikzira’s sister company Maverick Motion Ltd, film maker Andre Semenza studied at the London International Film School and the London Drama Studio and subsequently worked in various capacities in physical theatre, opera and cinema. His critically acclaimed films have been exhibited at numerous international film festivals. Andre has directed and produced all of Zikzira’s live performances and films. With Fernanda Lippi, he curates the Zikzira Action Space.


How do I join Zikzira?
The company periodically holds auditions.
You can also submit your CV with a link of you performing (or send us a DVD). A minimum of three years professional experience required.

I would like to participate in a workshop.
Please check the zikzira actionspace website.

I would like to hire the zikzira action space studio in Brazil. In principal, the action space is not available for rental. However, some exceptions may be considered, such as photography shoots, festivals and other cultural events.

I would like to exhibit 'As Cinzas de Deus' ('Ashes of God')
The film is available on 35mm, Dolby Digital. Other formats can be discussed.

I would like to purchase a DVD of 'As Cinzas de Deus' ('Ashes of God')
The DVD, which contains the documentary "The Merging of Dance and Cinema: The Process" and other material will be available soon. Watch this space.

Contact Zikzira

Tel: +44 (0) 795017 4896

Rua Laplace, 18A - Santa Lúcia
CEP: 30.360-390 - Belo Horizonte - MG
Tel: +55 31 3047 6330

Film Contacts

Film PR Zena Howard
Tel: +44 (0) 7989441293

Distribution Enquiries Maverick Motion Ltd.
T + 44 (0) 3674 4432