The first group of about 500 mostly Jamaicans arrived 70 years ago aboard the Empire Windrush, marking the start of an immigration boom that would radically change British society.
Now Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of the Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre, has created a work designed to convey the experiences of some of those first migrants. Windrush: Movement of the People starts in Jamaica with families ripped apart as the men prepare to come to Britain in search of work.
It then looks at the day-to-day of these first newcomers and the episodes of racism and exclusion they faced.
Windrush: Movement of the People has an especially commissioned score by Christella Litras and costumes that aim for historic accuracy as well as visual impact. The piece is presented as part of a mixed bill that includes works by the veteran choreographer Christopher Bruce and company dancer Sandrine Monin.
Phoenix Dance Theatre is one of the most vibrant troupes working in Britain today. Its work is never less than exciting; and Windrush: Movement of the People promises to deliver beautiful dancing, a very deeply human content and an important contribution to the history of post-war Britain and its people.
Age Guidance: Children under 5 will not be admitted
|What||Phoenix Dance Theatre, Windrush: Movement of the People|
|Where||Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Holborn (underground)|
26 Apr 18 – 28 Apr 18, 19:30 Dur.: TBC
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Well website|