The Bird & The Elephant by Emma Critchley

This film, showing as part of The Show Windows: Mumbai, celebrates the legacy of the recently closed, iconic Coventry Baths through an underwater performance; a swan song to the space. It also speaks of the threat many public pools face in the UK due to aging infrastructure and public funding cuts.

Prior to its closure in 2019 Critchley collaborated with dancer William Moore, principal dancer at Ballet Zurich, to choreograph and film an underwater performance within the pool in response to stories collected from its community of users and workers, as an ode to this unique space, a place where the artist learnt to swim and a place which holds many memories for the local community. 

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