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Still from Daniel Bailey's Black Exodus (2021) courtesy thepalaceofthedogs

Ballet Black preceded by Black Exodus

Burning Illusions: British Film and Thatcherism

  • Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Dworskin’s documentary Ballet Black about the pioneering all-Black dance troupe Ballets Nègres, founded by Jamaican choreographer Berto Pasukain 1946, brings to life their activities through archival film, photographs, and a touching on-screen 35-year reunion of the original troupe members. The film's experimental, fragmented style and innovative blend of sound and image makes for an extraordinary visual document. (Stephen Dworskin, 1986, 83 minutes)

Black Exodus visualizes what Black existence could look like outside the “structures of racism.” Through complex dance styles that grapple with queerness, mortality, and cosmology, a multiplicity of narrators imagine a world in which Black individuals and communities set their own standards of beauty, social aspirations, and the trajectories of their collective futures. (Daniel Bailey, 2021, 16 minutes)

Part of the film series Burning Illusions: British Film and Thatcherism, engaging questions of cinematic representations of race, class, and sexuality through examples of moving images rooted in Britain's contested social and political histories.