Long Play Liberation (2020) is a solo commissioned by Newham London for Newham Black History Month Celebration 2020.
A performance, protest, and playlist, Long Play Liberation (2020) dwells in solidarity with Black Lives Matter as a way to focus and project hope, celebrating and centring Blackness as a symbol of transformation, healing, and renewal.
Motivated by redistributions of power and expressions of Black joy — brought about by sustained enactments of present and possible conditions of liberation for black people — this solo features anarchic juxtapositions of performance installation, lecture demonstration, moving image, dance, and ritual that reposition late nineteenth and early twentieth century local seats of government: the Grade II listed Old Stratford Town Hall, and Newham Town Hall.
Transcending these sites from civic buildings into liminal spaces for extemporaneous, negotiable exchange, audiences encounter Black life, accompanied by music of Black origin in various permutations.
A safe place to find a way to be in synchrony with the environment and the complexity of mixed and conflicting emotions and oppositional forces coming together – life, joy, and celebration / death, pain, and mourning; inspiration and experience / boredom and ignorance; vulnerability / strength; resting and waking; power and fatigue – Long Play Liberation (2020) refracts hyperadaptable, material, and ephemeral Blackness.
Long Play Liberation (2020) was performed over four weekends during Newham’s Black History Month Celebration.
Streamed live from Newham Town Hall on 10th October 2020, scroll to 14 minutes 30 seconds to play recording
Performed & Produced by Adam Moore
Sound Engineer: Jack Hale
Lighting Engineer: Kieran Mallon
Front of House Assistants: Husina Begum and Afiya Rahman
Special thanks to
and the team at Newham London.