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African-Caribbean

The Black-E is an artist led project, and it is natural for the commitments and enthusiasms of the artists to contribute to the shape of the programme.  Formative to Bill Harpe's development as a dancer, choreographer and director were his encounters with African and African-American dance companies in London and Liverpool, and his experience as Artistic Director of a Festival welcoming dancers and musicians from Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierre Leone, Tanazania, Trinidad, and Uganda.  Immediately prior to the creation of The Black-E Bill travelled to Africa to direct a version of a Greek tragedy (Aeschylus' 'Oresteia') with Zambian musicians and dancers.

When the group of artists, led by Bill and Wendy (Harpe), came together in 1968 the youth of Liverpool 1 & 8 ventured into the newly-founded Great Georges Community Arts Project (then known locally as 'The Black Church' and later to become 'The Blackie').  Having checked it out, they decided to make it their home.  Liverpool 1 & 8 were then the home areas for the City's established African and Caribbean communities, and the youngsters were eager to explore what the Project offered, including activities which celebrated their cultural roots.

With Bill's enthusiasms and the youngsters' roots, the creation of an African-Caribbean dance and music programme was a natural, organic, living development.

 

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Left is the flye
Archive Record Created : 17 Nov 2017 --- Updated : 11 months 2 weeks ago
This Seminar was not run by the Black-E but it is included in the Archive a) because of Bill's involvement  and b) because the Archive aims to include work associated with Black dance which links to work done at the Black-E  The Seminar was run by  IRIE! Dance and City and Islington College (Saturday 24 September 05).
Archive Record Created : 26 Sep 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago
IRIE! dance theatre - Background
Archive Record Created : 09 Jun 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago
Saltaire Dance is no more than a virtually undetectable small blip on the profile of the recently established National Curriculum for schools. It can surely only be because this Curriculum has been created by a non-dancing quango.
Archive Record Created : 18 Jun 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago
Sakoba was founded in 1987 by Bode Lawal (dancer and choreographer) and Ola Adeniran (musician and writer).  Sakoba is Yoruba for 'new dawn'' or 'new beginnings'.  The name reflects the Company's commitment to creating new work in Britain drawing on traditional African sources, developing character and creativity  within African dance in the UK and promoting the tradition of story telling theatre.
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago
Archive Record Created : 02 Dec 2017 --- Updated : 1 year 3 months ago
‘Black Dance’ (to use those two words in the most simple and direct of ways) first took root at The Blackie in 1969 through the twice weekly (Junior and Senior) Soul Discos created in partnership with Radio Doom Discoteque and Nova Express Lightshow.  The youngsters participating in these Discos  -  principally from Liverpool’s African-Caribbean communities in L8 and L1  -  engaged in social dancing to the music of African-American artists and groups James Brown, The Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Gladys Knight a
Archive Record Created : 09 Jun 2014 --- Updated : 1 year 3 months ago
This Conference was not run by the Black-E but it is included in the Archive a) because of Bill's involvement  and b) because the Archive aims to include work associated with Black Dance which links to work done at the Black-E
Archive Record Created : 10 Oct 2018 --- Updated : 2 years 8 months ago
 Ancient Futures
Archive Record Created : 12 Oct 2018 --- Updated : 2 years 8 months ago
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Archive Record Created : 02 Dec 2017 --- Updated : 1 year 3 months ago
‘Black Dance’ (to use those two words in the most simple and direct of ways) first took root at The Blackie in 1969 through the twice weekly (Junior and Senior) Soul Discos created in partnership with Radio Doom Discoteque and Nova Express Lightshow.  The youngsters participating in these Discos  -  principally from Liverpool’s African-Caribbean communities in L8 and L1  -  engaged in social dancing to the music of African-American artists and groups James Brown, The Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Gladys Knight a
Archive Record Created : 09 Jun 2014 --- Updated : 1 year 3 months ago
 Ancient Futures
Archive Record Created : 12 Oct 2018 --- Updated : 2 years 8 months ago
This Conference was not run by the Black-E but it is included in the Archive a) because of Bill's involvement  and b) because the Archive aims to include work associated with Black Dance which links to work done at the Black-E
Archive Record Created : 10 Oct 2018 --- Updated : 2 years 8 months ago
Left is the flye
Archive Record Created : 17 Nov 2017 --- Updated : 11 months 2 weeks ago
This Seminar was not run by the Black-E but it is included in the Archive a) because of Bill's involvement  and b) because the Archive aims to include work associated with Black dance which links to work done at the Black-E  The Seminar was run by  IRIE! Dance and City and Islington College (Saturday 24 September 05).
Archive Record Created : 26 Sep 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago
IRIE! dance theatre - Background
Archive Record Created : 09 Jun 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago
Saltaire Dance is no more than a virtually undetectable small blip on the profile of the recently established National Curriculum for schools. It can surely only be because this Curriculum has been created by a non-dancing quango.
Archive Record Created : 18 Jun 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago
Sakoba was founded in 1987 by Bode Lawal (dancer and choreographer) and Ola Adeniran (musician and writer).  Sakoba is Yoruba for 'new dawn'' or 'new beginnings'.  The name reflects the Company's commitment to creating new work in Britain drawing on traditional African sources, developing character and creativity  within African dance in the UK and promoting the tradition of story telling theatre.
Archive Record Created : 22 Jun 2018 --- Updated : 1 year 2 months ago

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