The extraordinary architecture of Coventry’s leisure centre pool was the perfect backdrop for installation artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon. And the synergy created by both turned out to be the perfect inspiration for a new water-based work by Balbir Singh.
When Festival of the Imagineers’ organisers asked Balbir Singh to produce a piece of dance to accompany Jerram’s installation, everyone assumed it would simply be a version of Balbir Singh Dance Company’s breakthrough 2012 water spectacular Synchronised. Returning from a visit to the pool however, Balbir reflected on the atmosphere of the venue. The silence of the pool (it is the only one in Europe to employ a silent filtration system) and the ethereal, cathedral-like aspect of its mid-century high modernist architecture, put Balbir in mind of more spiritual themes. By the time he got back to Yorkshire, he had conceived of an entirely new piece that would bring the themes of water and the moon together in a tale of spiritual wonder. The result was Broken Tusk.