Giving voice to the lived experiences of Black artists this new publication celebrates dance from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora in the UK and internationally.
It explores a number of subjects including Talawa TechniqueTM, hip-hop, Techni’ka the relationships between art and science and overall explores artistic practice and the changing face of dance today during a time of unprecedented events.
Featuring articles from Eduardo Vilaro, Cynthia Oliver, Lénablou, Gladys M Francis, Annabel Guérédrat, Henri Tauliaut, Thomas Prestø, Alice Sheppard, Makeda Thomas, Vicki Igbokwe, Project X and Jonzi D.
Content and Contributors
Ballet Hispánico: 50 Years of Access to Diversity by Eduardo Vilaro
Eduardo Vilaro reflects on the 50 years of Ballet Hispánico, how the vision of Tina Ramirez has continually evolved with the times, setting a benchmark for artistic training whilst remaining committed to advocacy from and for Latinx and Black communities.
Choreographing Black Personhood by Cynthia Oliver
Cynthia Oliver’s personally reflects on a resonant career while continuing to draw back to the here and now of recent events. Cynthia Oliver’s work incorporates textures of Caribbean performance with African and American aesthetic sensibilities.
Lénablou’s Techni’ka or the Contemporary Voice from Guadeloupe: From Within and Beyond a Caribbean Dance Ecology by Lénablou and Gladys M Francis
French Caribbean/Guadeloupean dancer Lénablou alongside Dr Gladys M Francis charts the development of Techni’ka and the philosophy of and behind bigidi.
Who are Henri Tauliaut and Annabel Guérédrat? What kind of artistic works do they create? Does their work respond to a sense of urgency in the Caribbean; creatively and politically?
Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut discuss the work they have done in Martinique to create a festival of performance art.
Talawa TechniqueTM – A Cosmocentric Approach to Africana Movement, Time and Practice by Thomas Prestø
Thomas Prestø revisits Talawa TechniqueTM to further unpacking the concept of we time, and the unifying factors in a polyrhythmic approach to music and movement.
Trained to Kill: Reading Disability, Gender, and Race in Dance by Alice Sheppard
Alice Sheppard discusses this embodiment and the events that shaped her practice in intersectional disability aesthetics and the desire to understand disability and disabled movement outside the worlds of adaptive and inclusive dance.
When Dolls Dance: Belmont Baby Dolls 2019-2020 by Makeda Thomas
New York/Port of Spain based dance artist Makeda Thomas unpacks the archetypes of carnival, in particular Baby Doll and what this means for making mas in the twenty-first century.
Black Dance: Decolonisation of Dance Curriculum by Vicki Igbokwe
Founder and creative director of Uchenna Dance, Vicki Igbokwe shines a light on the conversation around the dance curriculum, exploring it from a different perspective, placing self-directed training in a position of positivity.
Black Dance in Scotland: An Interview with Project X with Mele Broomes, Ashanti Harris, Rhea Lewis (Project X)
Project X discuss what they have achieved in their work in Scotland, and how connecting the dots has driven to positive steps forward for their own creative practice and the many artists they work with.
My Anthology by Jonzi D
MC, dancer, spoken word artist and director, Jonzi D’s maps his hip-hop artistic journey and specific artists how have helped him find and shape his creative voice.