Roadshow three - British Dance and the African Diasporas

In association with Dance Exchange, Birmingham and ACE Dance company, Birmingham.

Patrick Centre
Birmingham Hippodrome
Thorp Street
Birmingham B5 4TB

Sat 12 October 2013
Free (but booking is essential)

Who: this event is aimed at dancers, dance students and researchers and anyone with an interest in the work of Black British dancers. Dancers are invited to take part in the class, non dancers are welcome to observe. You can attend all or parts of the programme.

This is the third Roadshow of the British Dance and the African Diasporas Research Project led by Christy Adair (York St John University) and Ramsay Burt (De Montfort University). The project aims to find new ways of generating and recording memories from those involved in professional dance activity. It seeks to celebrate the achievements of black dancers whose histories are often overlooked, to re-contextualise the work of Black British dancers and to add to the transatlantic knowledge of African cultural diasporas.

Roadshow Three will explore memories of those Black British dancers who were involved with  dance since the 1970s with particular focus on Kokuma Dance Theatre Company and ACE dance and music "ACE dance and music look forward to participating in this dialogue celebrating the achievements of Black British dancers and choreographers. Birmingham was a key centre in the 1970s and 1980s in Britain for the development of African and Caribbean People's Dance and continues to be so, and thus we are excited that this event will now be taking place in ACE's home city." (Gail Parmel, Artistic Director of ACE dance and music)

timetable for the day:

14.15 – 15.45    

Introduction: participate or observe Gail Parmel teaching open class with Music Director, Ian Parmel. Gail is Artistic Director of ACE dance and music which she founded with Ian Parmel in 1996 after working with Kokuma Dance Theatre Company. In 2011 she was nominated one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s 50 Women to Watch and has now been voted as one of 20 inspirational woman from the African Diaspora in Europe. 
Numbers for the open class will be limited so please register your place.

16.00 – 17:00

Networking event with ADAD led by Judith Palmer: find out more about ADAD, tea and coffee provided.

17.15 – 19:00

Evening programme:

There will be a panel discussion: ‘Overview of dance in Birmingham 1970s and 80s’. The panel will include Bob Ramdhanie, Gail Parmel, Ian Parmel, Christy Adair, Funmi Adewole, Ramsay Burt and Jean Johnson Jones. Other panelists to be announced.

19.00 – 19.30

The evening will conclude with performances from ACE Youth, ACE Graduates, plus a preview excerpt from Mana: ACE dance and music's new international production.



Attendance is free but places must be booked in advance. Please contact Kate Jackson, Programme and Marketing Assistant, DanceXchange to book:

Email: Telephone: 0121 689 1092

ACE Innocence

Ace Youth Company 2005 in Innocence. Ace Youth Dance Company will give a short performance at the end of the day.

Funded by:


In partnership with

York St John

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