FLOW is a project in three parts, created and led by Artistic Director Kathi Leahy and produced by Imagineer Productions with local, national and international partners. Flow is a 2021 City of Culture Project.
The activity began in September 2021 and culminates in April 2022.
NAVIGATE Part 1
Working in partnership with Media Mania, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Canal & Rivers Trust to reconnect young learners from Primary Schools in Coventry with Blue Spaces. Develop environmental awareness exploring both the wealth and health of our waterways and oceans and co-create a powerful performance and artwork which provoke action amongst their peer group and communities.
Project started with an Inspiration Day – a full day of performance and outdoor learning with creative curriculum mapped activities exploring the oceans, water cycle and hydro power. An outdoor performance saw a ship sail into playgrounds carrying an important environmental message about how climate change and pollution is affecting our Oceans. The young learners were asked to join their crew to help spread this message and seek solutions.
Water Safari – young learners experienced a day of discovery along their local rivers and waterways testing the health of their water and uncovering the life it supports.
Imagineerium at the Daimler Powerhouse where the young learners engaged in a range of creative activities from sound creation and technology, collage work, movement and performance.
Co-creation – young learners are now working with artists for 6 weeks to imagine and co-create an inspiring short performance and artwork to showcase to their wider community at the ‘Big Ocean Day Sharing’ in early December. These artworks will then go onto form part of the culmination event of FLOW in April 2022.
Navigate is delivered by Imagineer in partnership with Media Mania, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Canal & Rivers Trust.
ACTIVATE Part 2
Participates from our Transformation programme for NEETS (18–25 year olds not in education, employment or training) will collaborate with students and young environmental activists and a creative producer to programme and deliver Turning the Tide’ An Ocean Fair. This will be a family-friendly event where audiences can experience the wealth of our oceans and the major threats it faces, and how we can all play a part in Ocean recovery. The event will include VR, sound, film, exhibition, performance and hands-on experiences. There will be a marketplace to have conversations with local, nationally and global environmental organisations to find out how to get involved in ocean recovery and take action in the #30×30 campaign.
‘Turning the Tide’ is delivered by Imagineer in partnership with Media Mania.
CREATE Part 3
‘Milesians’ – a large-scale, high quality outdoor arts spectacle combining art, engineering, aerial, circus and theatre will tell the story of an ancient Celtic origin myth of the last invaders of Ireland. This is a tale with themes which still resonate today of migration, cultural identity, cultural co-existence and the ocean as the great connector.
The story starts in Egypt with the healing of a child (bitten by a snake) and a prophesy that the child’s descendants will wander the earth for 400 years, before settling in a land with no snakes. The descendants are the Milesians, who are forced to migrate from Egypt through Africa and Europe, eventually reaching Galicia, Northern Spain. They set sail from Galicia and discover the Island of Ireland occupied by the mythical, supernatural tribe of the Gods – the Tuatha Dé Danann and a mighty battle ensues.
Post-Show event from the African and Irish diasporas – A curated showcase of community music and dance collaborations and cultural fusions will take place on the set of Milesians after each performance.
Milesians will be created by Artistic Director Kathi Leahy with a cast of professional and community performers and emerging artists.
Milesians is delivered by Imagineer in Partnership with Circolombia and Johnny Donnelly
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