Friday 27 November 2pm – 5pm
STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA
For five full days a small group of artists have been playing, learning and exploring with leading physical theatre practitioner Benji Reid. This is your opportunity to share the results of this process in a free afternoon of showing and feedback.
Chanje Kunda | chanjekunda.com | @ChanjeKunda
Manchester based poet, writer and performance artist Chanje Kunda performs nationally and internationally. As a poet she has played alongside some of the most influential modern poets including Benjamin Zephaniah and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Chanje was most recently at STUN Studio at Z-arts with ‘Amsterdam’, and is currently under commission to BBC Radio 3.
Tania Camara | tcamara1994.wix.com/taniacamara | @TaniaCamara2
Born in Lisbon, Portugal and currently a resident of Manchester, United Kingdom, Tania Camara creates work that challenges the concept of nationality, belonging and the black performing body. A graduate of the University of Chichester, her practice focuses on nationalism, patriarchy, double consciousness, memory, interaction, identity and communication, and international relations.
Debbie Bandara | debbiebandara.com | @Dabrhythm
Debbie is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher working in the North West. Her choreography for performances and festivals are based on a variety of different styles ranging from Indian and African to Contemporary and hip-hop. A graduate from the Royal Academy of Dance, her work has been seen at Riverside Arts Theatre, Waterside Arts Theatre, Contact, Night and Day, Nantwich Arts Festival, Unity Theatre, One World Festival and Oily Cart to name a few.
Adam John Roberts | adamrob1.wix.com/adamjohnroberts
A graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, Adam has performed in various contexts including on the BBC showcase with Strictly Come Dancing, the Backstreet Boys, and 12 Degrees North, and also participated in other projects with Cheshire Dance, Tmesis Theatre and DanceXchange. Following his MA, Adam wants to co-found an autism-specific integrated dance performance company which also offers performance opportunities, dance training and careers advice to autistic dancers.
More Information: A Question of Black Physical Theatre
Over the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre canon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.
– Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre?
– What are its processes and products?
– Who are its champions and challengers?
A Question of Black Physical Theatre brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.