The Black Dance Archive

Thursday 22 November 2012

We are just coming to the end of our one-year development phase for this project. It has been an amazing year. We started out with a task to scope up to 15 archives, but we now have 25 companies and individuals who wish to deposit their materials into this the first national Black Dance Archive.

We are proud to have developed key relationships with those who wish to receive our deposits; The Black Cultural Archive, The National Resource Centre for Dance, Birmingham Museums and Archives, The University of Leeds, Trinity Laban and the V&A. This pioneering venture makes this a very exciting time for State of Emergency and all those within the Black dance sector in the UK.

We have delivered a very successful pilot outreach programme as part of the development phase using some of our amazing depositors to deliver masterclasses and workshops. These were enthusiastically received by participants. It is a very precious experience, giving these artists the respect that they deserve and the  opportunity to share their contribution to cultural life in the UK with a whole new audience.

We will shortly submit our phase two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the archive a reality. Once successful, we aim to deliver an 18 month programme of education and outreach activity.