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Dance: Black Dance in Britain The Focus of New Exhibit

Photo: Race to the top … Les Ballets Nègres – Europe’s first black dance company, courtesy International Slavery Museum from the exhibit: “British Dance: Black Routes, 1946-2005”

 

 

When one thinks of dance in Great Britain, certain names come to mind – the Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, de Valois, Ashton, Marie Lambert.

But there’s a tradition of black dancers and companies in Great Britain, too. Dance historian Christy Adair has put together a new exhibit at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum to highlight some of the key figures in that scene. The exhibit, called “British Dance: Black Routes, 1946-2005” will run through March 23, 2014.

According to a story today in The Guardian, the exhibit “aims not to be comprehensive or definitive, but rather to highlight some moments and movements within the spectrum of black dance in Britain.”

Click here to see The Guardian’s story on the exhibit: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/sep/20/black-dance-history-british-routes?CMP=twt_fd

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