11- 13 Nov 5pm - 9pm (Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS)
26 & 27 Nov 5pm – 9pm (Starley Gardens, Cox St, Coventry CV1 5PH)
The Bird and the Elephant is a film which celebrates the legacy of the iconic Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre, through an underwater performance; a swan song to the space.
Screened for the first time as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, The Bird and the Elephant will be shown outdoors on the façade of The Belgrade and at Starley Gardens, Cox Street.
Shot at the Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre (CSLC) prior to its closure early 2020, The Bird and the Elephant features ballet dancer William Moore performing an underwater choreographed dance inspired by the stories and memories of the Coventry Baths community.
The Bird and the Elephant was created by three award-winning artists, who were brought up locally and learnt to swim in the CSLC pool; Artist/Director Emma Critchley, BAFTA-winning composer Edward Critchley and William Moore, principal ballet dancer at Ballett Zürich.
The Bird and the Elephant project was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through 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.
Photo: The Bird and the Elephant, Emma Critchley, 2021