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: 24R, 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.
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.
Commissioned by CONTINUOUS, a partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Siobhan Davies Dance, London.
Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by John Ellerman Foundation.