Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage has partnered with Breakin’ Convention to release Our Bodies Back, a performance dance film that speaks out against anti-Black racism and celebrates the experiences of Black women past and present.
The film stages the poem We Want Our Bodies Back, the work of American performance artist jessica Care moore and has been directed by Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director and hip hop theatre advocate Jonzi D.
The film was produced remotely during lockdown and is choreographed and performed by Axelle ‘Ebony’ Munezero in Montréal, Canada; Bolegue Manuela b-girl Manuela) in Hanover, Germany; and Nafisah Baba in London.
This performance dance film speaks out against anti-Black racism and celebrates the experiences of Black women past and present…
Writer Jessica Care moore, who narrates, says: “This exquisite collaboration has moved me to tears more than once. I am honoured to see my poem come to life through the bodies of genius woman and this multi-disciplinary, visionary team of artists.”
During the Covid-19 crisis, Sadler’s Wells has reached global audiences through its Digital Stage initiative, an online programme of performances and workshops for people to watch at home. Since 27 March 2020, it has generated over 2.7 million video views globally.
Our Bodies Back will debut the Sadler’s Wells YouTube channel August 19 2020.