Installation and Performance 

The Shape of Sound will bring the second phase of their research sharing to the Anglican Mortuary Chapel in London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum in Coventry on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8thMay 2022. 


Explore and interact with this site-specific installation and performance that explores how minute elements of the inner ear work through movement. In this creative interpretation we’ll see how movements of air allow us to hear sound. Drawing from weaving, one of the industries that Coventry is most famous for, dance artists interpret this process in live performances with floating warps of silk threads. 

We have been working towards bringing The Shape of Sound into historic places in Coventry, one of this being The Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery. 

Together, the Anglican Mortuary Chapel and Charterhouse, founded by Carthusian monks, raise contextual questions around fluctuating embodied receptions of listening and touch over time. Relations to the departed as they had been (in part) negotiated between local pagan rites and universal Christian rites prompt site resonant questions on how current understandings of the somatic body relate to the fluctuating understandings of the departing souls that were and continue to be honoured in chapels.

Dates and Times

Saturday 7th May – Performances starts at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm followed by audience discussion and exploration of the exhibition. 

Sunday 8th May – Installation and exhibition only, open from 11am to 3pm. 

Tickets and venue information

Saturday 7th May 1pm – 6pm – Tickets are free, limited capacity (25 tickets per performance)

Please register here

Sunday 8th May, 11am – 3pm – Open to everyone, no tickets or bookings required. 

Made possible with support from Coventry Historic Trust, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Heritage Community Fund, Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry University. 

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The Anglican Chapel 

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