Sat 15 Jan 2022 @ 16.00
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
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Cycles Dance Company 1974-1982
Body as Archive, Archive as Score is a research project and exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum reflecting on the local area’s dance history and legacy of artist-led networks, with a particular focus on the work of Cycles Dance Company. This exhibition acts as a starting point for a dedicated research group, bringing together practitioners who take influence from Cycles’ workshop-centric pedagogical format and who will collectively develop ideas and discussions around the role of the archive in artistic practice, the body as an archive within ephemeral art forms and the archive as resource.
This residency and exhibition are embedded in the Biennial’s New Know-How HYPER-PATH, expanding on the creative learning practices that have been developed in Coventry and Warwickshire since the 1960s.
Alongside Body as Archive, Archive as Score will be a presentation of Ravi Deepres’ moving image work The Gain Line from Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s Collection. This project is curated by Rachael Davies, an M4C-funded PhD researcher at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University in collaboration with Chisenhale Dance Space, London. Notes: Cycles Dance Company was based at the Bath Place Community Venture, Leamington Spa. It was the first independent dance group in the region and operated as a cooperative while providing the freedom for its members to develop their individual practice outside of the restraints imposed by larger dance companies.
Supported by UK City of Culture 2021, Arts Council England, Coventry City Council, Art Fund
Image: One Against One, 1975. Choreographed by Craig Givens and Tamara McLorg. Dancers: Rosanne Donohoe, Craig Givens, Julyen Hamilton, Sally Sykes & Judy Webb. Photograph by Pete Donohoe.