Coat. The Turning and Returning of the Tide

The essence of the Coat emerges as the wearer inhabits the littoral zone and mingles with the stories of the land and its inhabitants. Phrases of the written story are whispered over the images and environmental sounds add depth to what is seen. The land is of high flint filled chalk cliffs and deep caves. The liminal zone of seaweed and pools of water hold many stories that are absorbed into the coat.

Hilary Kneale, Helen Poynor, Vicky Vergou
First shown Decoda Summer Dancing, Coventry University

Screening at Light Moves festival of Screendance Ireland’s Festival on Dance on Film. Limerick 3-6 November 2016.

I went to view ‘Coat. The turning and returning of the tide’, with all the usual rush of everyday life and came out feeling much more physically aware, with my breathing moving more calmly and feeling very content. The sea reminds me of home and the sight/sound had a soothing quality. I had a sense of the spaciousness of time even though the film is short it felt like taking time out. The sounds of the voiceover, the images of the sea and the body moving through the landscape all had a visceral impact on me as a viewer. I notice now when I think about it that I become aware of the back of my body, hands and breath moving in and out. I feel a sensation of excited bubbles in the palms of my hands, and also in the centre of my chest. And I feel more situated in one place.

Dr. Emma Meehan, Research Assistant, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University