Dance Dialogues (Oct 2009 - Jan 2010)

Don't know much about dance history? A programme of exposure to the old - & participation in the new - black dance experience

Dance Dialogues was a significant cultural event for Bristol aiming to raise the profile of African Peoples’ Dance (APD) and allow an appreciation of its enormous impact on mainstream modern dance forms such as break dance and hip hop.  The best thing about it was our 3-month occupation of the old Pilot shop in Broadmead, from which we could offer African dance to the everyday shopper. The centerpiece of this three-month programme of events was the photographic exhibition “Black Dance in Britain, 1930’s – 1990‘s Moments” which served as an inspiring back-drop for workshops, parties, discussion groups and public dance marathons.

The programme also included a package for schools, workshops for professionals, beginners and young people, professional and community performances including “Black Dancing Body” – an evening of film, dinner and live performance at Circomedia with the showing of Dance Got Me (Ingrid Sinclair, 2006) and the inaugural meeting of the South West Black Dance forum.