Tickets: FREE (Drop in)
Belgrade Theatre & Starley Gardens
Until Sat 27 Nov 2021

The Bird and the Elephant - A Film by Emma Critchley

Thu 11 Nov 2021 to Sat 27 Nov 2021
Belgrade Theatre & Starley Gardens
Duration: 15 mins
FREE (Drop in)

Outdoor screening:

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

About Emma Critchley

Working with a combination of photography, film, sound and installation Emma Critchley’s work explores the human relationship with the underwater environment. She has received commissions from institutions such as Arts Council England, The British Council, the Singapore International Foundation and the European Regional Development Fund. Her multi-award-winning work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.

Emma was selected to be the first Science Gallery Venice Earth Water Sky artist in residence 2019. Her film, ‘Witness’, produced through the residency, is currently being exhibited as part of the Official Italian Virtual Pavilion for the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, and was exhibited as an installation in Venice in Sept/Oct 2021.

The Show Windows

The film has also been selected to be shown in Mumbai, as part of the Coventry City of Culture ‘The Show Windows’ project with Mumbai based Gallery TARQ and SqW:Lab. As part of the project The Bird and the Elephant will be featured on Smartify.

Dance workshops
To accompany the film screenings in Coventry there will be a series of free dance workshops for young people aged 13 - 21 with ballet dancer Tom Rogers (Birmingham Royal Ballet).

Booking for 17 - 21 year olds

Booking for 13-16 year olds

Artist in conversation

Artist in conversation event with Heidi Saarinen (dancer and architecture academic, Coventry University) and Emma Critchley chaired by Anthony Luvera (artist & professor of photography, Coventry University) on 26th November, 3.30pm, at Coventry University.