‘The Bird and the Elephant’ is my new film which celebrates the legacy of the iconic Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre, through an underwater performance; a swan song to the space. Featuring ballet dancer William Moore performing an underwater choreographed dance inspired by the stories and memories of the Coventry Baths community the film will be shown outdoors over two weekends in November as part of Coventry UK City of Culture.
The screenings will take place at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Starley Gardens, Coventry (with Coventry University & CineCov) on the evenings of 11th – 13th and 26th – 27th November 2021 respectively.
To accompany the film screenings there will be a series of free dance workshops for young people aged 13 – 21 with ballet dancer Tom Rogers (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and an artist in conversation event with Heidi Saarinen (dancer and architecture academic, Coventry University) and myself chaired by Anthony Luvera (artist & professor of photography, Coventry University.)
The screenings taking place at Starley Gardens will be accompanied by a special programme of short films curated by Flatpack Festival.
The Bird and the Elephant project was funded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Coventry City of Culture Trust and supported by the Oral History Society.
The Coventry city screenings are presented in partnership with The Belgrade Theatre and Coventry University and part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and Flatpack Festival’s CineCov programme supported by Coventry Business Improvement District.