Some of Black Britain’s most exciting new performance talent will be on display in July as part of Barking’s pre-Edinburgh, fringe theatre festival Clout! Running from Thursday 4 – Sunday 14 July Clout! is a performance festival in East London which gives opportunities to artists and theatre companies to present new and existing work and showcase work in development.
On Thursday July 11th two ground-breaking thought provoking performances, Black Fashion and Happy Father’s Day, will take the stage.
Black fashion v M.E is a combination of two pieces both exploring the journey of black women in today’s society. Performed by Jackie ‘Jaxx’ Kibuka, Tina Omotosho and Kabuki Johnson and choreographed by Kibuka,Black Fashion, explores the exploitation of elements of black culture through the eyes of black women, focusing on hair and dance. The piece takes the audience on a journey showing elements African and Caribbean culture in its origins and how it’s been transported to western culture where the intention and meaning has been lost, misrepresented and distorted.
“Ultimately the culture is not just to be taken and worn then thrown away,” says Kibuka“ It’s to be worn with integrity, honour and is for a lifetime.”
From the struggle and resilience shown in Black Fashion the piece transports to M.E. (Melanin Evolution) the characters journey and realisation to self-acceptance and embracing themselves and others’ differences and similarities. This is a celebration of truly loving and appreciating yourself inside and out, no longer swayed by what the world says.
Also showing at the same venue on the same night is Happy Father’s Day – a
solo work created by Dani Harris-Walters. The performance focuses on the biological tale of a sperm cell hoping to find his purpose in life. Aimed at young people between the ages of 16-19, with a soundtrack that boasts Jungle, Reggae and Hip-Hop classics, this uniquely crafted work is the unconventional puberty lesson you wish you had during school.
Dani is an experienced choreographer, performer and teacher based in South West London who has worked with an array of professional choreographers and community projects nationally and internationally. He received a grant from the Arts Council England National Lottery Project to develop his first original solo work Happy Father’s Day’.
Both shows take place on Thursday
11 July 7.30pm at Studio 3 Arts, Galleon Community Centre, Boundary Road, IG11
£5 concession / £10 general admission http://www.studio3arts.org.uk/clout