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Rugby Art Gallery & Museum Little Elborow St, Rugby CV21 3BZ
Sat 15 Jan 2022 @ 16.00
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Coventry Biennial 2021: Body as Archive, Archive as Score

Sat 15 Jan 2022 @ 16.00
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
Little Elborow St, Rugby CV21 3BZ Show on map

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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.


Coventry Biennial 2021

The third Coventry Biennial will take place from October 2021 until January 2022 across Coventry and Warwickshire in a wide range of artistic, heritage, business and community locations. Titled Hyper-Possible, referencing the radical nature of Coventry’s history, exploring the legacies of artist-led networks, activisms and pedagogies that have emerged from and through the local area since the 1960s. These mark the city as an outstanding exemplar of innovative, experimental and radical artistic practice.


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