The Cilia Dance is a high impact, movement piece co-created & performed by local people. The piece is conceived as an ambitious experiment in holding a ‘conversation’ about how we get around our towns & cities, using the language of movement instead of words. It’s a playful, fun, collaborative & empathic exchange, & invitation to dance in each other’s shoes. Watch the film
Performers move in lines & clusters, dancing looped sequences that describe, epitomise & reflect how they move around the city: scooting, skating, walking, running, cycling, driving, riding…. Sharing, exchanging, re-creating & re-forming sequences, moving along a route.
The piece is created in workshops with participants, which can be configured according to numbers of participants, locations & a range of budgets. For Brighton Car Free Day, we ran a series of two hour, sessions across city, in Tarner, Seven Dials & East Brighton, to engage a wide range of participants, bringing them altogether on the day for a final rehearsal.
The piece was a response to Covid19, the lockdowns, & the incredible transformation of our towns & cities without cars. It experiments with incorporating behaviour change theory into the choreography & structure, to explore how the work can help encourage more sustainable travel.
Participant feedback indicated that 60% had changed the way they thought about moving around the city.
Watch a short film of the pilot performance in Brighton for Car Free Day & the city’s build up to COP26.
Future Development – our next step is to build on the pilot & re-examine all aspects to evolve the piece. Our ambition is to deliver a cutting edge & affordable community engagement product & high impact outdoor arts performance that engages, entertains & encourages people to choose alternative forms of travel for short journeys, & travel more actively in general.
The Cilia Dance Creative Team includes: Performers, local participants; Choreographer Ella Fleetwood, mentored by Virginia Farman; Sound Design Barry Han with tracks from Tru Thoughts record label; led by Artistic Director, Karen Poley. Commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council.