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Welcome to Writing Alongside 2014
In Other Words by Gemma Collard-Stokes and Joana Tischka.
We are pleased to announce that Writing Alongside is back in partnership with Decoda's Summer Dancing 2014. Please see below for the programme of events this summer and visit for further information.

Summer Programme 2014

We have an exciting Summer Programme of workshops coming up. Beginning with a 3 day Authentic Movement workshop with Jane Bacon, a pre-festival intensive to Summer Dancing 2014. The biennial festival includes workshops, performances, artists residencies and discussions that brings together established artists from the UK and abroad and provides a platform for new and emerging work. Also, don’t miss out on 20% off all bookings with a Decoda membership.

Summer Moved Series

Authentic Movement with Jane Bacon.

A three day intensive between 23rd – 25th June 2014 download the Moved Series booking form and email it to

Summer Dancing

26th – 30th June 2014

Workshops are now open for booking for the 6th Summer Dancing.

‘Galaxies in motion: sourcing performance in body, place and story’

A three day workshop with Eva Karczag, Miranda Tufnell and Chris Crickmay

26th – 28th June 2014

*NEW* Falling, Failing and Laughing About

 Sink to the bottom of the now.                      Cixous 1997: 41

A two day workshop facilitated by Emilyn Claid

29th – 30th June 2014

To book please download the booking form and email it to

Other artists confirmed to date include Doran George and Catherine Long; Detta Howe and Cai Tomos

Making Space 2014 - A manifesto for your practice

A 3 week artists residency in Coventry. Call for applications is now closed. The chosen artists will be announced shortly.  Click here for more information.


Decoda Membership

We are now offering a 12 month membership for just £45. Receive a discount on any booking for the whole 12 months!

For £45 you will receive 20% off of any Moved Series Workshop or Summer Dancing Festival booking. The membership will run for 12 months from the date that you first sign up. Click here for more information.


If you would like to hear more about Summer Dancing and other Decoda events and opportunities please join our mailing list via the sign up form to the right or email

In the mean time, have a look at the blogs, photographs and happenings recorded from Summer Dancing's Writing Alongside 2012...

ReMake by Florence Peake 2012
Summer Dancing
Writing Alongside

Summer Dancing has begun and is fit to burst with workshops, performances, exhibs, installations, discussion, connecting, moving, talking, writing, searching, finding, knowing, sensing, grasping, letting go, laughing and exploring. Come join us or follow our activites here on the Artist Blog.

Making Space Artist Residency News

Decoda are delighted to announce the chosen artist recipients of the Making Space residency programme for Summer 2012; Lizzy Le Quesne, Rose McCausland and Gemma Collard-Stokes. The three selected artists will utilise space, resources and mentorship across a 3 week residency in Coventry. The artists will share the resulting work as part of the Performance Series at Decoda’s biannual festival Summer Dancing in late June.

For the first time, the artists will be joined by 2 previous Making Space recipients Hilary Kneale and Meghan Flanigan who return to continue their current interests in residence.

Making Space artists will share their creations and developments throughout Summer Dancing.  Follow the Artist Blog for details.

Image: Hilary Kneale, Silent Vessel final durational Performance, Jury’s Gap 2011. Image by Clawz Lee

Blog Posts

Reeve retreat Cov - day 5

#ReeveretreatCov Friday

Friday: Communication/Crystallisation 12-2pm Lunchtime Sharing

On Friday, we share birthday cake for two of the artists as we set up for the sharing. Eating and drinking, sharing conversation, posting notes for each other, and celebrating together all seem to be important to the week. They act as a way to nurture, to give time to everyday actions, to integrate, to ‘retreat’, but also as a creative act in the selection of food, gathering of…


Posted by Emma Meehan on May 23, 2016 at 12:30

Reeve retreat Cov - day 4, part 2



Thursday: Dialogues/Possible Conversations & Wild Cards 


Sandra introduces the idea of the ‘wild card’ – to disrupt our own habits and patterns of behaviour.


In some writings she shared with us, she draws from Wheatley (1999) to introduce how the wild card approach is an ‘open system’ which ‘allows for a stronger and more adaptable system, as it has flexible boundaries and metamorphoses in order to preserve itself…


Posted by Emma Meehan on May 16, 2016 at 10:43

Reeve retreat Cov - day 4

#ReeveretreatCov Thursday


Thursday: Dialogues/Possible Conversations & Wild Cards  

On Thursday morning, I go to work in the Glass Box area. There is another mover already there moving in and around the space under the tree, which looks like an empty swimming pool. I close my eyes to sense into my body, then open them, looking close to the…


Posted by Emma Meehan on May 16, 2016 at 10:30

Reeve retreat Cov - day 3

#ReeveretreatCov Wednesday night


Wednesday: Immersion & Time 7-10pm (movement session with Sandra)


I have invited FreshMedia who will document the retreat to come on Wednesday night, one man arrives with a large video camera. Sandra chooses a site outside the Lanchester Library and the Engineering and Computing building to work on this cold March night for 45 minutes.

Engineering and Computing building, Coventry University,…


Posted by Emma Meehan on May 5, 2016 at 10:32


Sandra Reeve Retreat

Dear #ReeveRetreatCovI have opened this forum discussion for participants to share thoughts on this weeks retreat. You can also write private blogs just for yourself. Happy writingLily : )Continue

Started by Lily H-S Mar 15, 2016.

How does writing interface with your creative enquiry? 4 Replies

Writing provides a handle for me to grip onto the complexities of practice and making.  Page spaces provide me with a place for reflection, gleaning and meaning making.  A space in which my dancing…Continue

Started by Gemma Collard-Stokes. Last reply by Oana-Alexandra Rotariu Jun 23, 2012.


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