Mercurial Dance creates distinctive digital performance
and produces in-depth participatory experiences.

Our work takes a co-design approach to devising
new pieces for family audiences.

Digital | Dance | Film | Installation | Site Responsive
Education | Participation | Communication

Ballet At The Bar(re) Touring 2019

Ballet at the Bar(re) is an entertaining spectacle in unusual spaces, that will enhance social experiences with found dance experiences, appealing to a diverse range of audiences. Ballet at the Bar(re) is a dance piece that incorporates classical ballet with contemporary dance, that can be showcased almost anywhere with a small bar/cafe space. Successfully piloted in a bar, foyer and café space in Coventry and Birmingham, supported by Birmingham Royal Ballet, Arts Council England & Coventry City Council, the piece breaks down the ballet spectacle bringing live performance right in front of the eyes of an audience including elements of audience interaction and engagement.

Ballet at the Bar(re) is easy for audiences to relate to and understand, regardless of age, gender, cultural background, or language spoken. It has the ability to access new audiences, targeting specific communities if desirable. It’s easy to follow narrative and recognisable dance forms, accompanied by strong technical and impressive movements within close proximity of audiences, and also the potential for people to ‘grab a drink’ with performers afterwards, allow for a strong engagement and breaking barriers and stigmas between audiences and performers. The close proximity with performers of such quality, may change people’s perception and engagement with dance, therefore having a greater impact on audiences. We believe Ballet at the Bar is unique way to blend social meetings/events with arts and culture.

The piece exists in two models, a 30 minute one off performance, or a durational piece over an hour with audience interaction between shorter performances of the material. The piece is currently being developed into a full touring piece and will be ready to tour from May 2019. We envision that each performance will reach up to 100-150 people live. Supported with social media footage and live casting we anticipate a strong social media presence and reach for a secondary audience when delivered with a partner organisation/festival.

Created with support from Arts Council England Project Grants and Coventry City Council Small Arts Grants

Our Services

Our services are delivered by our team with years of experience. We are passionate about dance, digital and education.


Our expertise is in Contemporary Dance traditions, choreographing theatre work for & with young people, outdoors unusual spaces & city squares.

What we offer


  • Site Specific
  • Digital Dance
  • Dance Film & for Camera
  • Motion Tracking
  • Interactive Digital
  • Currently touring…

Arts Workshops

One off themed workshops to inspire & enthuse students in any arts discipline, to indepth participatory projects and whole school arts curricula.

What we offer


Creative Producing

From concept to delivery, we work alongside organisations to envision, produce and deliver your arts & education project, exactly as you’d like it to be.

What we offer


  • Consultancy & Development
  • Articulating Objectives
  • Inspirational Delivery
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising Services
  • Evaluation of Impact

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Our Featured Works


  • The whole ‘Aspire Month’ opened so many doors for the children to explore and aspire to immediately and for the future. Working with Oliver enabled me to transform a vision into reality. The time I spent with Oliver planning the ‘Aspirations Month’ was invaluable. From our discussions Oliver planned thoroughly and all plans were open to negotiation.
    His contacts with museums, universities, art galleries etc was second to none and I had complete confidence that the trips which were planned were right for the children. Oliver fully engaged with staff and they too were part of the planning. This enabled ownership by the staff and thus a whole academy approach to our ‘Aspirations Month’ which was fully engaging for all stakeholders with desired impact.  I would fully recommend Oliver Scott and Mercurial Dance, a service I will definitely use again.

    Mrs Michelle Lee, Principal Oasis Academy Shortheath —
  • Aspire Week is all about getting the children to think big about who they are and where they are going; giving them a whole range of experiences that might plant a seed that will flourish throughout their life.

    Paul Tarry, Principal Oasis Academy Hobmoor —
  • The children in my class really enjoyed the workshop last week. It was a great mix of drama and role play activities, with opportunity for collaboration, team bonding and also quiet reflection and discussion time. The children were engaged throughout the session and both members of staff had excellent behaviour management strategies, high expectations and a kind and relaxed manner with the children.

    Charlotte S, Year 5 Teacher —
  • So fantastic to have dance happen in a library, making it accessible to everyone. It captured the interest of people who wouldn’t normally experience dance, including people of different ages & backgrounds. The performance was fun, physical and engaging and made me want to dance so much!

    Audience Comment on Fair Youth —
  • Sessions full of energy, pace and engagement. The children were taught some essential theatrical skills, but also some key literary ones as well. The sessions offered the children an alternate perspective in which to learn the skills from enabling them to reflect on their own history and personal circumstances. In summation the children were enthused by the sessions and took a great deal back to the classroom.

    Tom Carrol, Class Teacher —

Aspire Book

Our first book!

This book captures a flavour of the amazing work that has come out of the collaboration between us as company in residence at Oasis Academy Hobmoor, the talented hardworking teaching staff and our inspiring students.

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A beautifully produced hard back book or FREE e-book

Available now direct from our publishers

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Every Child Is An Artist

We are working with Augmented Reality, 3D scanning and printing, re-purposing and designing with Little Bits and Makey Makey, creating films and animations with comic life, vine and other stuff. Pulling it all together in a virtual world the children and parents can down load, find the AR codes in the community.
In Visual Arts we have been exploring the theme of Our Community. The children have been working with ceramics, upcycled art, screen printing and sculpture. The end of term exhibition opened to the friends, families and school community.
The project concluded its first year with a focus on performing arts: voice work, dance, drama and electronic music composition. Every Child Is An Artist develops the skills and innate ability of children, led by practicing artists at the forefront of their disciplines.

A nationally ground breaking programme to develop the skills and innate artistic ability of every child in Oasis Academy Hobmoor. Our aim is to develop the people, skills, ability, opportunities and space needed for art and creativity to flourish in school over the next three years. Bringing Amazing Artists into school to work with the children we will create new works of art for the community. We are working with Year 1 through to Year 6.

The whole project is delivered by Mercurial’s team of artists, who make and present work professionally. We are experienced in communicating our arts practice in educational settings and this is what enables us to really stretch the children’s imagination and ability.

If your interested in Every Child Is An Artist for your school, please contact us


Retold – Our new show at the Coventry Evening Telegraph Building

#RetoldCov Share your story here

In Retold, is an interactive, cabaret-style show, inspired by and using your stories of Coventry. Inspired by the Coventry Evening Telegraph foyer being the place people of Coventry gave their stories, placed their adverts and connected with the city, this piece is rooted in the Coventry stories and the history of the building.

Real-life memories supplied by members of the community will be brought to life by a professional cast using dance and music, allowing audiences to bear witness to the many ways that Coventry has changed across the decades as it approaches its year as City of Culture in 2021.

The iconic, 1950s Coventry Evening Telegraph building is a landmark. Its storeys are heavy with stories. The dusty air of the now abandoned newsroom is thick with them – flying from desk to desk soundtracked by the faint, staccato echo of long-silenced typewriters, dashing to deliver the day’s deadline copy. Situated just over the road from the Belgrade Theatre – another hub for city storytelling – the Coventry Evening Telegraph building will soon enjoy a new lease of life as a beautiful hotel. But before that, for a brief moment in time, it will become a theatre.

Ahead of our performances this summer, we are also offering you the chance to be part of the Retold project by getting in touch to share your stories of the city. Choreographer and director Oliver Scott is calling on Coventrians to send in their favourite tales and anecdotes to be used as the basis for shows running throughout the week. In particular, he’s keen to hear about memorable moments spent in the city; favourite places in Coventry and why; stories from the past; and where you were during significant events that have taken place here.

There are several ways to take part, depending on how you like to communicate. You can email your stories to retold@mercurialdance.co.uk, or write a letter to Mercurial Dance, 11a Coventry Canal Basin, Leicester Row, CV1 4LH. You can also get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using #RetoldCov and #CETtakeover.

Running time: approx 1 hour. Seating is arranged in 10 tables each seating 8 people.

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We establish, produce and deliver participatory projects which focus on the development of performance and creative skills for all ages.
Participatory project range in scale from select groups to over 600 performers in a single show.


 Thank you for two incredible days! I have learnt sooooooo much!

— Andrea Giles, Teacher —


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