Dance, diaspora and the role of the archives: a dialogic reflection upon the Black Dance Arcives Project (UK)
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AbstractThe Black Dance Archives project collected materials that record the activities of black British artists who created and performed dance predominantly in the later years of the twentieth century. Through the form of a dialogue we bring the perspective of the dance producer who led the project together with a more academic interest in the potential of the materials collected to contribute to dance research. Our shared reflections reveal how a focus on archiving the work of dance artists of diasporic heritage emphasizes that dance, as a form of intangible cultural heritage, is particularly vulnerable to becoming lost to future generations. This leads to reflections upon the role of dance archives within the context of post-colonial Britain that brings to the fore some of the complexities of the archival process and the significance of how this project resulted in materials being dispersed across different institutions.
CitationCarr J, Baddoo D (2020) 'Dance, diaspora and the role of the archives: a dialogic reflection upon the Black Dance Arcives Project (UK)', Dance Research, 38 (1), pp.65-81.
PublisherEdinburgh University Press Ltd
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