Photo: Hayleigh Longman

Long Play Liberation (2020) is a solo commissioned by Newham London for Newham Black History Month Celebration 2020.

Photo: Hayleigh Longman

A performance, protest, and playlistLong 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.

Photo: Hayleigh Longman

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.

Photo ©Andrew Baker
Photo ©Andrew Baker
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Photo ©Andrew Baker
Photo ©Andrew Baker

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.

Photo: Hayleigh Longman

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.

Photo: Hayleigh Longman
Photo: Hayleigh Longman
Photo: Hayleigh Longman
Photo: Hayleigh Longman
Photo: Hayleigh Longman
Photo: Hayleigh Longman.
Photo: Hayleigh Longman

Long Play Liberation (2020) was performed over four weekends during Newham’s Black History Month Celebration.

Photo: Hayleigh Longman
Photo: Hayleigh Longman

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

Monica Thomas,
Dominique Roome,
and the team at Newham London.

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