April 5, 2019

We are very excited to announce a new performance project in collaboration with both Coventry University and the University of Warwick.


Transmission is a science/arts event exploring the very real threat posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to our future health. We are thrilled to be working once again with Professor Kevin Moffat from the University of Warwick, who collaborated with us during the creation of Tree in 2016. Kevin’s unstoppable energy for science is this time matched by a trio of brilliant minds from Coventry University Dr Phillip GouldDr Jess Rollason and Dr Lauren Acton, who will all be joining us in the rehearsal room to explore this important issue.


Transmission is a party with a difference, showing and sharing insights into infection, both viral and bacterial. An innovative mix of lecture, practical demonstration and dance, asking audiences to better understand the role of science in researching and combating AMR. 


Dr Phillip Gould described the importance of the performance project’s theme, saying “Antimicrobial resistance is arguably the most serious global threat to human health in the 21st Century. Medicine has given more of us the privilege of, and indeed the disadvantages of, old age: age-onset diseases such as cancer, dementia and the need for surgical interventions.  However, in a post-antibiotic era we risk reducing our chances of even growing old. We welcome back an age where even minor infections could prove fatal!

Over 500,000 people die worldwide every year from antibiotic resistant infections. The Government Health Secretary states "The UK has taken a global lead by setting out a 20-year AMR vision…we need an urgent global response’.This project will put Coventry at the centre stage in educating and raising public awarenessto microbial disease transmission and the real threat of antimicrobial resistance within its culturally diverse community. This would impact directly upon the control of communicable disease, infection control and ultimately increase health and wellbeing within the city’s population.”


Transmission will immerse audiences of international students from both universities, students from local secondary schools age 14-18 and the general public, in scientific research, using demonstrative dance exposing the art of getting ill. The event fuses research from both universities, with Highly Sprung’s use of physical theatre via dance to illustrate infection and control of illness-spread at a microbial level. Audiences are invited into a playful dialogue that sits somewhere between science and art, whilst at the same time participating in a mass experiment revealing the rapid spread of bacteria and viruses through human contact.


We are really looking forward to tackling the challenges that this project will present us with and hope that you will join us to share in what promises to be a very entertaining and informative event.


Transmission is a FREE event and will be performed on May 20th, more event details coming soon…


If you are a teacher and you are interested in arranging a group of students to attend the event and you would like more information please do get in touch:




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