A solo dance performance exploring Queerness, Blackness, and the body as an archive.
Black on Black is set within a multi-screen audio-visual installation of archive footage and material from Minott’s personal and collaborative image collection. The work is accompanied by a specially commissioned score by Gaika.
The work explores dance as a form of labour and tests the limits of the body through repetition, across duration, to exhaustion. The movement phrases within the solo have been donated to Minott 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?”.
As Minott performs this solo the movement phrases are altered, eroded by exhaustion, commenting on the erasure of Black dance histories and Queer cultural practice, highlighting the vulnerable existence of Black and Queer lives.
Black on Black aims to archive Black dance live with the body, making it one of the first performative archives of its kind.