DBiC-II Residencies

Dancing Bodies in Coventry (DBiC)-II

This second iteration commissioned two dance companies to create work in the city. Three artists were commissioned to create work that is built on a reading of the past DBiC materials already produced within the project and ask them to interview local citizens and to explore the city of Coventry.

Anton Mirto and Kate Lawrence worked alongside two marginalised communities – the Refugee and Migrants and the Romanian Roma community. Workshops and interviews were carried out in a digital environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DBiC-II is a meeting ground between practitioners, researchers, artists, staff, Coventry tourist visitors and industry, as well as local producers and dance companies. The citizen science element ensures that under-represented members of the community are captured and brought to the forefront. Each residency celebrates the diversity of the community in the city.

From physical place to digital space: lockdown

The sessions, which had been due to take place physically, had to happen digitally for the three residencies.

ANTON MIRTO Residency- Collaboration with the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre

In May 2020, artist Anton Mirto had an online residency with the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, exploring movement, community, the soul and the city.

The sessions, which had been due to take place physically, had to happen digitally in one-to-one sessions because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK-wide lockdown restrictions. Both Anton and participants, Ahmed Ghazy and Mary Unsworth, worked together from their respective homes, speaking and moving across distance. There were Skype conversations and improvised movement duets, moving through thoughts about belonging, place, city, community and Soul in a time of international crisis.

Digital Scrapbook of the residency can be viewed here:

MARIUS MATES Residency- Collaboration thanks to the Coventry Creates Funding

A dancer with over 15 years of experience, Marius Mates is a local resident who established himself here back in 2010. Originally from Romania, Marius has experience in theatre productions, delivering captivating performances as well as competing in breaking and hip-hop competitions worldwide. Some of the projects he has been involved in include Traum, a production created in collaboration with Theatre Absolute, Ink, a theatre piece produced by Si Rawlinson and performed in Leicester Theatre as well as commissioned for The Fringe Festival and Victoria & Albert Museum. Another immersive theatre production that he takes part in is One%, a collaboration with O’Driscoll Collective. 

            Besides theatre and commercials, Marius is also an avid breakdance competitor, winning several worldwide competitions such as RedBull BC One Romania 3 years in a row and being ranked number 19th worldwide after competing in Nanjing, China. Marius approaches his style of dance with courage and finds that experimenting with movement is such a powerful trait to have when being a dancer. He is one of the 15 successful candidates for the City of Culture Leadership Programme which is due to start in June.

Digital Scrapbook of the residency can be viewed here.

KATE LAWRENCE VERTICAL DANCE RESIDENCY- Collaboration with the Roma Project

Kate Lawrence worked alongside the Romanian Roma community. Workshops and interviews were carried out in a digital environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kate was commissioned to create work that is built on a reading of the past DBiC materials already produced within the project and ask them her to interview local citizens and to explore the city of Coventry through their eyes. The residency was a meeting ground between practitioners, researchers, artists,  and local citizens.

Kate, Rosa and members of the Roma community had several meetings where Coventry, family, identity and home were discussed. The families each reflected on their time in Coventry in a very warm way and felt the city was welcoming and inviting. Each family discussed and described “Home”  in a number of ways. This inspired the research team to go further and explore homes in different parts of the world.

Digital Scrapbook of the residency can be viewed here.