There is a variety of different dance forms practiced in Britain today, such as jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop and African People’s Dance. Some of these have come to Britain along the many different routes taken by the families of today’s Black British citizens, many of whom came from the Caribbean in the late 1940s and 50s.
Some of these dance and music forms travelled along the transatlantic slave trading routes from Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean on their way to Britain. Others have come direct from Africa with recent Commonwealth immigrants.
Although the actual dances are different from one another, they have qualities in common such as multiple rhythms, and high energy presented in a cool way. When Black Britons have suffered from racism, dancing has offered a powerful means for affirming positive ways of being Black.
Join us as we mark the opening of the British dance: Black routes exhibition with a panel discussion about influential Black dancers in Liverpool, as well as the wider Black British dance scene. On the panel will include Karen Gallagher, Director of MDI, and Bill Harpe, founder and director of the Black-E. The event will be chaired by the exhibition curators, Professor Christy Adair and Professor Ramsay Burt.