British Dance and the African Diasporas – Roadshow Three
Sat 12 October 2013
Free (but booking is essential)
Who: this event is aimed at dancers, dance students and researchers and anyone with an interest in the work of Black British dancers. Dancers are invited to take part in the class, non dancers are welcome to observe. You can attend all or parts of the programme.
This is the third Roadshow of the British Dance and the African Diasporas Research Project led by Christy Adair (York St John University) and Ramsay Burt (De Montfort University). The project aims to find new ways of generating and recording memories from those involved in professional dance activity. It seeks to celebrate the achievements of black dancers whose histories are often overlooked, to re-contextualise the work of Black British dancers and to add to the transatlantic knowledge of African cultural diasporas.
Roadshow Three will explore memories of those Black British dancers who were involved with dance since the 1970s with particular focus on Kokuma Dance Theatre Company and ACE dance and music “ACE dance and music look forward to participating in this dialogue celebrating the achievements of Black British dancers and choreographers. Birmingham was a key centre in the 1970s and 1980s in Britain for the development of African and Caribbean People’s Dance and continues to be so, and thus we are excited that this event will now be taking place in ACE’s home city.” (Gail Parmel, Artistic Director of ACE dance and music)
14.15 – 15.45 Introduction: participate or observe Gail Parmel teaching open class with Music Director, Ian Parmel. Gail is Artistic Director of ACE dance and music which she founded with Ian Parmel in 1996 after working with Kokuma Dance Theatre Company. In 2011 she was nominated one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s 50 Women to Watch and has now been voted as one of 20 inspirational woman from the African Diaspora in Europe.
Numbers for the open class will be limited so please register your place.
16.00 – 17:00 Networking event with ADAD led by Judith Palmer: find out more about ADAD, tea and coffee provided.
17.15 – 19:00 Evening programme:
There will be a panel discussion: ‘Overview of dance in Birmingham 1970s and 80s’. The panel will include Bob Ramdhanie, Gail Parmel, Ian Parmel, Christy Adair, Funmi Adewole, Ramsay Burt and Jean Johnson Jones.
19.00 – 19.30 The evening will conclude with performances from ACE Youth, ACE Graduates, plus a preview excerpt from Mana: ACE dance and music’s new international production.
Attendance is free but places must be booked in advance. Please contact Kate Jackson, Programme and Marketing Assistant, DanceXchange to book
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“Their movement was even stronger when accompanied by the music, it is so powerful and spiritual. The piece is so gripping and intense. It is Vincent’s ideas and message that the dancers are illustrating to the audience, every move or breath in this piece means something, which is why he is so strict on getting every inch of the piece immaculate.
At the end of practice the dancers sat down to watch a video. It showed people from many different cultures and what they found to be important and things they would believe in and worship. The purpose of the video is to show what has Mana to them. What has left a legacy and has meaning, a past and history. To different people it would mean different things. I thought it was nice to see what had ‘Mana’ to different people all over the world and thought it was good that these dancers that may come from different places can be brought together by something they all believe to have Mana which is dance.”
ACE Youth Member, Chelsea Gordon
ACE Youth member Anike takes centre stage in the Birmingham Mail’s coverage of Birmingham Carnival 2013, as she shows off the beautiful costumes we hired from our friends at Coventry based Imagineer
See Anike in the Mail’s article all about this biennial celebration here: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/pictures-birmingham-carnival-at-handsworth-5586503
ACE dance and music had the largest troupe at this year’s carnival, which took place last Sunday 4th. The participants from our children’s Carnival Summer School, Adults’ Soca Aerobics Class and ACE Youth, showed off the Caribbean dances they’d been learning with us over the past few weeks. They were also joined by Eternity from Amsterdam, who led our troupe with live marching percussion. Again photographer Graeme Braidwood was on hand to capture all the activity, including our dress rehearsal at mac on Saturday 3rd. We have so many beautiful images (thanks Graeme!) but here give you a selection of our favourites.
Local photographer Graeme Braidwood is following all our activities this week and has caught some beautiful moments on camera. Here you can get an insight into the first day of ACE Graduates’ exchange with Eternity at mac, a fantastic drumming group from Amsterdam. All this is part of our huge Carnival Is Colour project, which will end with a bang at Birmingham Carnival this Sunday 4th. The project has been featured on West Midlands Dance – you can go directly to the article here to find out more: http://www.westmidlandsdance.com/whats-on/carnival-is-colour
On Saturday 3rd August ACE Graduates and Eternity will lead an afternoon of performances, including their new collaborative piece, and open workshops for the general public in Caribbean dance and drumming forms, in outdoor spaces at mac.
On Sunday 4th August ACE dance and music will be taking several hundred dancers and drummers, including their acclaimed youth dance company ACE Youth, to take part in Birmingham Carnival. Everyone will be dancing to fresh carnival tunes straight from Trinidad plus live drumming from Eternity. Click here for a flavour of Eternity’s latest dynamic drumming routines.
Gail Parmel says: “I’m really excited about ACE dance and music taking part in the Birmingham Carnival for the first time. We are bringing the whole community together and everyone has been rehearsing hard. It’s going to be a bit overwhelming to see 100 people from ACE dance and music together all in carnival costume dancing in unison. We’re ready for the road!”
ACE dance and music are also hosting some international visitors as part of this intergenerational project: on Monday 29th July they will be welcoming Eternity who are a fabulous marching band from the Netherlands and who are coming to work with the ACE Graduate Company on a Youth In Action exchange. They will create a new collaborative piece of site-specific, outdoor dance and drumming, choreographed by TJ Lowe, who is also a dancer with Akram Khan company in London.
Please contact Charlotte further information on 01213145830 /