Celebrating and centring Blackness as a symbol of transformation, healing, and renewal, Long Play Liberationdwells in solidarity with Black Lives Matter as a way to focus and project hope. Juxtaposing installation, lecture demonstration, moving image, dance, and ritual Long Play Liberation is an anarchic performance repositioning late nineteenth and early twentieth century local seats of government: the Grade II listed Old Stratford and Newham Town Hall. Transcending these civic buildings, audiences encounter expressions of joy and sustained enactments of present and possible conditions of liberation for Black people.
A hospitable place for Black people and People of Colour to find a way to be in synchrony with the environment and the complexity of mixed and conflicting emotions, Long Play Liberation refracts hyperadaptable, material, and ephemeral Blackness.
Long Play Liberation live streamed from Newham Town Hall on 10th October 2020. Watch the performance beginning at 14:30.
Long Play Liberation commissioned by Newham London for Newham Black History Month 2020
Sound Engineer: Jack Hale Lighting Engineer: Kieran Mallon Front of House Assistants: Husina Begum and Afiya Rahman
Special thanks to
Monica Thomas Dominique Roome the team at Newham London