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Empowered by enactments of present and possible conditions of liberation for black people, this interactive online transmission is a place to be in synchrony with the complexity of mixed and conflicting emotions about the future WE WANT.
Adam East London hosts a diverse panel of guests and a live audience – you – transmitting embodiments, music, and brain waves across the world wide web. Transitioning through four key questions, our voices, bodies, and movement bear witness to the first flourishing inscriptions of this future.
The guest panel includes:
Greygory, Co-Founder of Open Barbers C.I.C, a hair salon welcoming all genders and sexualities, for any hair length and type. Greygory uses the pronouns he / him and identifies as transgender. Greygory is passionate about a future where people have increasing agency over their own appearance, and where the rich diversity within our gender identities can be explored and nourished, individually and collectively, and without the threat of violence.
Follow Greygory @openbarbers
Lucy Knight (she/her), is a journalist and writer. In 2019 she won the Guardian’s Hugo Young award for an article about her experience of being a gay Christian, and an essay she wrote on the same subject appeared in the 2020 anthology The Book of Queer Prophets, curated by former Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt. Lucy is motivated by a desire to see justice served and marginalised voices heard.
Follow Lucy @lucyeleanorknight
Amira Ramírez (Mexico,1986), is a dancer and teacher based both in Mexico and Perú. Her practice focuses on investigating through movement improvisation the notions of time, place, nature, and energy. Amira is interested in bringing into awareness the different frames that shape our ways of navigating our human relations, our connections with our environments, and other forms of living beings through movement and reflection. @amira.ramirez
Emilie Meeus starts her dance training in Antwerp, Belgium at the age of 10. During the following 6 years she gets the opportunity to work with several choreographers such as Anton Lachky, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Roberto Olivan amongst others. Emilie is passionate about representation, diversity and equity in the current (dance) world, which is why she created YBDU - Young Black Dancers Unite, a community where (young) dancers of color can come together to discuss and share experiences in a safe, non-judgemental space in hopes of coming up with tools to address systemic oppression and racism. Follow Emilie on @emiliemcs and @y.b.d.u.
Playlist: Listen and add to the WE WANT playlist ahead of the transmission below (you will need to login in to Spotify to do this).
Before gathering for the performance, do what it takes to make your surroundings as distinguished as you are – balloons, bunting, streamers, flashing lights, smoke machines – whatever will make you feel ever wonderful. Short bursts of processual dancing will punctuate each 15 minute segment. What is standing in the way of our dreams? What have we had to let go of? What do we feel when we think about the future? Where are we going? What do we want?
Please note: A diverse panel of guests will be speaking from their own experiences. Making space for these identities to find expression, covering a broad range of themes, we are creating a hospitable environment for difference. We trust that audiences will be taking good care of themselves throughout the transmission.
Accessibility:This event will be live captioned.
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Long Play Liberation will take place on Zoom and will be available online on Sat 13 Mar at 9pm (GMT). When you have booked you will be sent an E-Ticket to your registered email address (please check your spam folder), which will contain the necessary Zoom link to enable you to join the event.
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WE WANT extends from the Long Play Liberation perfomance series commissioned by Newham London for Newham’s Black History Month 2020 Celebration. Find out more and watch the live stream recording here. Extending his concept of the Black Plinth into digital space, WE WANT offers audiences a role in constructing a monument to the past endured, and opportunities for embodying the future hoped for. We reconnect with ourselves and each other and the thoughts that fortify our present and possible visions.
Times: 9pm (GMT)
Duration: 60 mins
Venue: at The Place