Roadshow one - British Dance and the African Diaspora

British Dance and the African Diasporas  - Roadshow One
in association with Yorkshire Dance, Leeds,
Friday 14th September 2012. 4pm-8pm. 

Video: Edward Lynch and Nameron during Roadshow One

This event was aimed at dancers, dance students and researchers, and others with an interest in the work of Black British dancers.

It was the first event of the British Dance and the African Diasporas Research Project led by Christy Adair (York St John University) and Ramsay Burt (De Montfort University).

Roadshow One explored memories of those Black British dancers who were involved with contemporary dance in the 1970s and 80s and will focus in particular on Phoenix Dance Company. It included an open class taught by Namron who was a founder member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre who first came to Leeds in the 1970s to dance and teach. This drew on his memories of the type of class he taught at the time. This was followed by a networking event with ADAD North led by Lisa Nkrumah-Mweu.

It concluded with an evening programme:

Namron performed his solo ‘Missing’ followed by a panel discussion: ‘Overview of dance in Leeds 1970s and 80s’. The panel included Edward Lynch, Sharon Watson, Alessandra Seutin, Ramsay Burt and Christy Adair. During this, film footage of Phoenix in rehearsal and performance in the 1980s was shown.


Namron, the first Black professional contemporary dance artist in Britain.

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In partnership with

York St John

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