NEW EVENT

Performance and Installation

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2022 at

The Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery, Coventry.

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

The Shape of Sound will bring their installation and performance to Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum in Coventry on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2022.

 

Explore and interact with this site-specific installation and performance that examines how the inside of the ear works and how movement affects the sounds we hear. 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 the live performances using a hanging warp of silk threads. The collaborators join the visitor in questioning the changing sounds of the City through time in industrial Coventry and what they hear here and now.

Dates and Times

Sat 7th May - Performances at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm followed by audience discussion and exploration of the exhibition

Sunday 8th May - Installation and exhibition only open from 11am - 3pm

Tickets and venue information

Saturday Free – ticketed limited capacity, 25 tickets per performance. Please register here 
 

Sunday Free - non ticketed

Historic Coventry Trust

This year we have been developing a partnership with Historic Coventry Trust - "Historic Coventry Trust is part of a new breed of ‘heritage development trusts’ which are creative, dynamic and entrepreneurial in their approach. With a vision firmly focused on the future, our heritage needs to be relevant to people and economically useful. Find out more about our projects past, present and future."

We have been working towards bringing The Shape of Sound into historic places in Coventry, one of these being The Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery:Paxton’s Arboretum. Our next performance will take place in this new site in early May. We are also hoping to bring the installation and performance to Charter House, another historic building in the care of the Historic Coventry Trust. 

By bringing the work into historic locations the performances begin a conversation with site. Together, the Anglican Mortuary Chapel and Charterhouse 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.

Subsequent performances (subject to additional funding from Arts Council) will take place in and around the apple store between late 2022 or early 2023. These performances will build on the exchange with the public at the Anglican Chapel and address diverse understandings of the enclosed garden, the monastic rhythm as well as silence, perceived to be the language of the future by the monastic order, and of chanting as a means of communicating between human and non-humans.

Update - 04/04/2022

City of Culture Grant

We are pleased to share that we have been awarded a Coventry University City of Culture Grant to support public engagement activities with the Shape of Sound. 

We are planning 4 workshops with the local community in two schools and other community groups. 

We are also developing more performances of the shape of sound with audience interaction to take place in historic locations in Coventry. More news to follow...

Update - 09/01/2022

20th - 31st December 2021, Shanghai
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The Body Ecologic

A video (5 min 18sec)

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This video introduces the documentation of the two-year interdisciplinary research project  ’The Shape of Sound’, which explores a range of perspectives taken by the sonic body across time.