Dance To Remember Windrush Landing


The UK dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre will present a World Premiere UK Tour, starting next month, as 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush.

This piece will be the first contemporary dance to commemorate the event of the arrival of Windrush – which brought the first large group of immigrants and changed British society – and its effects.

Artistic director of Phoenix Dance, and choreographer of ‘Windrush’, Sharon Watson (above) said: “I wanted to capture the excitement and the upset of this event. Windrush will highlight both the struggles and the good times the Jamaican community experienced during those years. It is an uplifting dance production, but it shines a light on an important era of the history of black people in the UK.”

‘Windrush: Movement of the People’ opens in Leeds in February and tours to London, Keswick, Doncaster, Newcastle, Leicester, Cheltenham and Germany. Dancers will create characters that take the audience from Jamaica to the UK celebrating how the Windrush generation began to create opportunities, setting up churches, introducing their own music and dance and establishing a ‘black culture’.

From 1948 to the present day; from Calypso to R’n’B via blues, ska and reggae, composer Gary Crosby OBE with Christella Listras from Caution Collective support the story with an uplifting soundtrack to the lives of the Caribbean British people and wider black British communities.

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