FIRST EVER EXHIBITION ON BLACK DANCE IN BRITAIN TO OPEN ON THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2006 AT THE THEATRE MUSEUM.
Thursday the 26th of October sees the opening of the first ever exhibition on Black British dance in London at the Theatre Museum, Covent Garden, London. The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) will present a groundbreaking photographic exhibition titled Black Dance in Britain 1930s -1990s; Moments... which represents the presence of black dance in Britain over six decades under consideration. Photographs have been sourced from leading photographers such as Roger Wood, Dee Conway, Chris Nash and Anthony Crickmay; as well as the archives of the Theatre Museum, Laban, National Resource Centre for Dance and the New York Public Library. Some, from private collections will be exhibited for the first time.
The exhibition will look at several strands of Black Dance history including the discussion of how visiting international artists from the Americas and Africa influenced the development of Black Dance in Britain as well as how the nation's debates and discussions of in the 1970s and 1980s led to the formation of highly successful Black Dance Companies such as MAAS Movers, Ekome, Adzido and Kokuma. the exhibition ends with a final look at other key dance companies that have shaped Black British Dance history and have been involved in the current discussion on what is Black Dance in Britain. These companies include: - Carl Campbell Dance Company, IRIE! Dance Theatre, Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Delado, JazzXchange, Bullies Ballerinas, Badejo Arts, RJC, and Union Dance Company.
An events programme will run alongside the exhibition, consisting of a series of oral history sessions, dance workshops and performances as well as an evening of dance on film. These events will be hosted by some of the dance practitioners featured in the exhibition.
The exhibition has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and admission into the museum to view the exhibition is free. For further details on the exhibition visit www.adad.org.uk