Dancing Bodies in Coventry (DBiC)-II
This second iteration will aim to make 2 films, record 3 podcast episodes and commission two dance companies to create work in the city. DBiC-II will include the videos that were previously made and reuse them in a number of creative contexts. Two artists will be 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 from the Roma community. These interviews will serve as a springboard for the dance scores that produced. The hope is that the new work will merge, blur and create new ways of seeing Coventry’s architecture and inform future artistic endeavours. DBiC-II will be 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 will ensure that under-represented members of the community are captured and brought to the forefront. The project will capture and share the stories, films and podcasts with the wider Coventry community connecting both University and the city’s communities. The films and podcasts will live on the existing DBiC website to ensure that people outside of Coventry, UK can access and view the materials and learn about the lesser-known areas of the city thus encouraging a reuse and reimagining of 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.
MARIUS MATES Residency- Collaboration thanks to the Coventry Creates Funding
A complex 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.