Tabanka African and Caribbean People’s Dance Ensemble are known internationally for their platform that pioneers, promotes and centres artistic legacy for Black Nordic Personhood. Based in Norway and founded by Thomas Talawa Prestø, the company are guardians of the Talawa Technique™, one of few fully codified African and Caribbean dance techniques.
This mixed bill presents works from Tabanka’s repertoire.
Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey
Composed by Philip Herbert
Choreographed by Thomas Prestø
In this second interpretation of Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey, commissioned by Serendipity and composed by Philip Herbert, Thomas Talawa Prestø draws on the interconnections across the Caribbean and Europe, painting a narrative of resilience, recognition and hope.
Jazz Ain’t Nothing But Soul
Based on what was once known as “the music and dance of the Devil” (jazz), Tabanka explores the genre’s rich artistic and musical tradition. Incorporating elements of “Black noise”, a noise consisting of mostly silence, Tabanka focus on the presence of their ancestors, to create a new expression, sprung from all Norwegian-African vibes.
Rhythm, Roots and Revolution
Rhythm, Roots and Revolution is an energetic and hard-hitting dance performance that addresses the struggle for self-preservation, survival, self-definition and identity.
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