Drawing inspiration from real historical events,Black Waters is an emotionally evocative new production from Phoenix Dance Theatre that explores the long-lasting effects of British colonial forces.
In the late 18th century, 130 slaves were thrown overboard from the Zong as the ship owners attempted to profit from their life insurance. More than 100 years later, Indian freedom fighters were incarcerated in the Kala Pani prison for speaking out against the regime. Black Waters reflects on these two moments in history, showing how people can find value, inspiration and hope in even the bleakest of times.
Co-choreographers Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Shambik Ghose and Dr Mitul Sengupta, Artistic Directors of Kolkata-based Rhythmosaic, cleverly combine contemporary dance with Kathak dance â one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance, traditionally attributed to ancient travelling storytellers.
Sharon explained: âBlack Waters is not about recreating these two events through contemporary dance, but is an exploration of place, worth and belonging, which can often be conflicting for people of colour.â
Theatre review of Black Waters By Phoenix Dance at Leeds Playhouse, West Yorkshire
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