A Wise Monkey Knows Which Tree to Climb


A Wise Monkey Knows Which Tree to Climb is a reflective analysis of decoloniality and steps that can be taken to apply this to arts practice and specifically dance.  Thomas Talawa Prestø takes a considered approach, drawing on his own experiences and practice, Talawa TechniqueTM.  Particularly paying attention to unpacking language and contemporary discourse around race.

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“Often when we are speaking about decolonising, we are talking about decolonising western institutions.  We seldom talk about what decolonising looks like from the Africana practitioner’s perspective.  Decolonising then becomes yet another situation in which Black people are working for white institutions, usually for free.  Dedicating and donating our time and efforts to make the institutions more viable, more sustainable and let’s be honest, more marketable.”

Thomas Talawa Prestø


Thomas Talawa Prestø
Pawlet Brookes


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Publication Year: 2022
ISBN: (Paperback) 978-1-913862-13-8
ISBN: (eBook) 978-1-913862-14-5