BLACK GOLD

Black Gold Arts Festival [BGAF], is based in Manchester and showcases outstanding work from Black and minority ethnic artists in theatre and dance. Now in its second year, the festival will present a programme of work at Contact and STUN Studio [Sustained Theatre Up North] the first week of October 2016.

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Black Gold Arts Festival |  6 October – 8 October, 2016

A celebration of northern black performance that aims to change the face of theatre. Bringing together established and emerging black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) artists from dance, theatre, and live and performance art, with new work, critically acclaimed pieces, and some stuff just for fun.

A new force, led by artists, working for artists. For more information please contact: blackgoldarts@gmail.com |  bgafestival.com

 

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BGAF_BANNER_BANNER_FINALWe would like to invite you to our first Black Gold Arts Festival, celebrating the success of culturally diverse performances developed in partnership with Sustained Theatre Up North [STUN].

Black Gold Arts Festival features recent work by black artists from the North developed through Manchester’s Sustained Theatre Up North’s STUN Studio and produced around the city. All the shows are tour-ready, have been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike, and have strong workshop and engagement packages.

Thu 22 Oct, 3pm + 7pm (sold-out). £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
ALASKA | Cheryl Martin

Thu 22 Oct, 8pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
BODY OF LIGHT | Darren Pritchard

Fri 23 Oct, 7pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
ALASKA | Cheryl Martin

Fri 23 Oct, 8pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
I WISH I HAD A MOUSTACHE | Keisha Thompson

Sat 24 Oct, 8pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
AMSTERDAM | Chanje Kunda

Thu 22 Oct, 3pm + 7pm (sold-out) + Fri 23 Oct, 7pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
ALASKA | Cheryl Martin

CHERLY_FLYERTells the story of a black perimenopausal lesbian’s descent into suicidal depression and her emergence from it.

“It is a devastatingly beautiful show, poetic narrative and heart achingly profound… people should go” Audience Member

Directed by Darren Pritchard.
Commissioned by The Albany, supported by Contact, STUN + Commonword; co-commissioned by hÅb for Domestic II

www.cherylmartin.co.uk

Thu 22 Oct, 8pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
BODY OF LIGHT | Darren Pritchard
Book here.

header_bolA seamless landscape of flowing image, where graphics bend effortlessly around the arcs of a live dancer. A very human journey into the world of technology.

Take one finely tuned body, one home-gaming device and three creative minds, mix vigorously and see what happens. The result: a seamless landscape of flowing imagery, where the body’s movements translate into sweeping brushstrokes, and the boundaries of flesh and pixel blur into one.

Dancer: Adam Russell
Designer: Marcel Lenormand
Co-presented by Word of Warning. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; supported by hÅb, STUN, Dance Manchester, Guernsey Arts Commission, Journey Through Time.

www.thebodyoflight.dance

Fri 23 Oct, 8pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
I WISH I HAD A MOUSTACHE | Keisha Thompson
Book here.

a4_moustache__1_Can you be a modern-day feminist and also feel the immemorial need to shave your legs? How much are we willing to consciously change about ourselves before the soul disowns us?

A coming of age story that explores beauty, gender anxieties and the taboo of body hair. Can you be a modern day feminist and also feel the immemorial need to shave your legs?

Join performance poet Keisha Thompson on her comedic, at times disturbing, journey to find out if she has a problem with her gender, her culture or just herself.

See review.

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Director: Martin Visceral, Movement: Darren Pritchard
Commissioned by Contact and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

Sat 24 Oct, 8pm. £5 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
AMSTERDAM | Chanje Kunda
Book here.

CHANJE_FLYERFusing spoken word, physicality and music, Amsterdam is a high-powered, supermodern 21st-century play of love and lust.

Seduced by the attractions of the city and a charming Surinamese man she met on holiday, Chanje embarks on a voyage into the unknown. What will be her fate?

Nominated for Best Studio Performance by the Manchester Theatre Awards, Amsterdam is adapted from Chanje Kunda’s own collection of poetry of the same name, published by Crocus Books.

‘Highly Imaginative… Amsterdam is so lively and moving that there can be no barriers to audiences having a very good time indeed.’ Dave Cunningham, What’s On Stage, 4 Stars.

‘Richly textured, poignant, funny, gloriously descriptive, cleverly constructed’ Judy Gordon, Write Out Loud

Director: Juliet Ellis, Movement: Darren Pritchard
Commissioned by Contact and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

www.chanjekunda.com