Black Dance Archive

This unique and pioneering project addresses the heritage of dance of the African Diaspora in the UK from 1950 to the present and fulfils an ongoing need for a current, coherent archive of Black dance. State of Emergency’s Black Dance Archive is undoubtedly an historic achievement.

A review of funded dance provision revealed that many important historical dance companies and organisations have disappeared. The valuable work that they did, and the contribution that they made to society, are in danger of being lost altogether unless they are documented, captured and archived for future generations. Through the Black Dance Archive, we have created an accessible comprehensive archive for both current and future generations. In time, the archive will become fully accessible and interactive and will link a number of key organisations to ensure an ongoing legacy.

Key partners are Black Cultural Archive in London, the National Resource Centre for Dance at the University of Surrey, Birmingham Museums and Archives, Leeds University Archive, Trinity Laban and The V&A.

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Jonzi D. Photo by Florian Peuss

Jonzi D. Photo by Florian Peus