Promotional image for new performance Black on Black: 24R, featuring artist Zinzi Minott wearing black shiny coat and powerful make up, photo by Kofi Paintsil

2021

Black on Black: 24RA 24 hour dance performance by Zinzi Minott

This new commission is a 24-hour dance solo created and performed by Zinzi Minott amid a 12-screen video installation.

Black on Black: 24R is a new durational performance from Zinzi Minott that explores the artist’s engagement with dance, queerness, blackness and the body as archive. The work interrogates dance as a form of labour and the limits of the body through the exhausting processes of repetition and duration.

Over the span of 24 hours, Minott repeats a solo created from movement phrases donated to her by an extended network of black dancers and artists: “if you could imagine a physical archive of dance”, asked Minott, “what nugget or phrase would you donate?”

In Black on Black: 24 R both dance and blackness are archived physically, passed from body to body to form a physical archive of Black and Queer lineage. What if movement, handed on and shared, is the embodied language of black lives across generations and geolocations? Perhaps the body itself, and a shared physical vocabulary, is the most tangible archive for remembering black life and histories. Dance’s ephemerality is a tactic of resistance. 

As Minott repeats her solo, her phrases are altered, eroded by exhaustion, mirroring the ever-changing and always vulnerable existence of the archive. The work makes plain the fallible nature of the body, of the archive, of performance and of blackness, all subject to forces of erasure. 

Minott will perform her solo amidst a 12-screen audio-visual installation consisting of archival footage and other accompanying material from Minott’s personal image collection with a newly commissioned score composed by Gaika.

This commission was set to take place across spring/summer 2020, but due to COVID-19, BLACK ON BLACK: 24R will now tour throughout 2021 .

Collaborators

Producer: Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf

Artist Assistant: Paris Cian

Sound: Gaika

Video: produced by Joy Gaharo-Akpojotor, edited by Annetta Laufer

Choreography Contributors:

Alesandra Seutin, Ama Rouge, Chahna Windross, Freddie Apoku, Gerrard Martin, Greta Mendez, Harold Offeh, Ivan Blackstock, Jonathan Gonzalez, Judah Attille, Keyon Gaskin, Ligia Lewis, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Michel Smith, Nic Kay, Olayinka Taiwo, Onyeka Igwe, Rowdy SS, Valerie Ebuwa

 

About

Zinzi Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Zinzi explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. She is specifically interested in the place of Black women’s body within the form.

As a dancer and filmmaker, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance seeing her live performance, filmic explorations and objects as different, but connected manifestations of dance and body based outcomes and enquiry.

Zinzi  is interested in ideas of broken narrative, disturbed lineage, and how the use of the glitch can help us to consider notions of racism one experiences through the span of a Black life. She is specifically interested in telling Caribbean stories and highlighting the histories of those enslaved and the resulting migration of the Windrush Generation.

Website

Support

Commissioned by CONTINUOUS. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by John Ellerman Foundation.

Materials

Tour

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    Tramway, Glasgow

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    Tramway, Glasgow

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    Bluecoat, Liverpool

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    Bluecoat, Liverpool

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    Bluecoat, Liverpool

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, GatesheadPremiere

  • 2021

    Black on Black: 24R

    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, GatesheadPremiere

SUPPORTED BY

John Ellerman Foundation