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The Archive offers a display of 40-plus years of cultural history. Who did what, why, when and to what effect. More than an absorbing archive: also a do-it-yourself kit to contribute to future cultural initiatives; covering events created by the Black-E as well as the work of visiting artists.

Sakoba - African Dance Drama - 1990/93/94/95
Sakoba was founded in 1987 by Bode Lawal (dancer and choreographer) and Ola Adeniran (musician and writer).  Sakoba is Yoruba for 'new dawn''  or 'new beginnings'.  The name reflects the Compnay's commitment to creating new work in Briatin drawing on traditional African sources, developing character and creativity  within African dance in the UK and promoting the tradition of story telling theatre. Read More
22-06-2018 2 days 17 hours ago
Celebrating Ed Murphy's Life - 6th Oct 2017 02-07-2018 1 week 2 days ago
Sally Morris
Sally Morris came to work at Blackie in 1971 and, apart from a year off to do a film course, remained until 2012. Sadly for the Black-E, her partner Kevin, and all her family and friends she died in May 2012. At the bottom of this page you will find a slide show which was created for her funeral. Working with Young People Read More
19-05-2014 4 weeks 2 days ago
Edward Murphy OBE
Ed Murphy friend, supporter, volunteer and Chair of the Trustees from   ?? to his death in October 2016. As can be seen from the obituary below much of Ed's life took place in meetings and offices but reviewing our Photographic Archive it can be seen that he took part in or attended numerous events at the Blackie, particularly in the days when his work load was less. Read More
16-10-2017 6 weeks 4 days ago
African Connections - 1992 -1997 02-12-2017 7 weeks 2 days ago
African Connections - The Batiks -1992-1997
The Idea:  African Connections was a project which explored the links between traditional African dances and contemporary social dances.  It led to the creation and exhibition of 24 Batiks plus the creation of 24 flick books illustrating the chosen dances.. Read More
02-12-2017 7 weeks 2 days ago
Irie! dance theatre - 1992 & 1993
IRIE! dance theatre - Background Read More
09-06-2018 8 weeks 4 days ago
Irie! the black spirit - Review by Bill Harpe
Saltaire Dance is no more than a virtually undetectable small blip on the profile of the recently established National Curriculum for schools. It can surely only be because this Curriculum has been created by a non-dancing quango. Read More
18-06-2018 8 weeks 4 days ago
Educational Darts - 17/18th March 1971
This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All". Read More
11-07-2017 9 weeks 3 days ago
Bill Harpe
Bill Harpe (choreographer, dancer and games creatrer) was a co-founder of The Blackie (now The Black-E). He started work in 1968 and, apart from the odd sabbatical few months and an 18th months job share at the GLC with Wendy Harpe, he is still working there. Working With Young People Read More
07-11-2012 11 weeks 2 days ago
African-Caribbean Dance at The Blackie
‘Black Dance’ (to use those two words in the most simple and direct of ways) first took root at The Blackie in 1969 through the twice weekly (Junior and Senior) Soul Discos created in partnership with Radio Doom Discoteque and Nova Express Lightshow.  The youngsters participating in these Discos  -  principally from Liverpool’s African-Caribbean communities in L8 and L1  -  engaged in social dancing to the music of African-American artists and groups James Brown, The Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Gladys Knight a Read More
09-06-2014 4 years 9 weeks ago
Agreement May Produce Pleasing Results
The players are sat in a circle around the storyteller. The storyteller begins by asking questions.  The players all agree on the answer before this answer is given to the storyteller (or, alternatively, they all agree that they cannot answer the question).  Read More
23-06-2012 2 years 15 weeks ago
Anna Lockwood
Anna Lockwood is a distinguished New Zealand composer, now called Annea Lockwood and resident in America. She first came to Liverpool in 1967 when Wendy Harpe promoted her Glass Concert (in which Anna made music from a range of glass - from striking long glass rods of varying lengths to dropping glass beads into metal containers) at the Bluecoat Chambers. Read More
27-11-2012 5 years 32 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited at The Black-E: A to G
The artists below have all exhibited at the Black-E since it start in 1968. Wherever possible we have included the dates and event they were part of, but in some cases we lack this information - 40 years is a long time. .   Mags Blackwell :  Sister To Shakespeare (1982). Read More
20-09-2012 2 years 27 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited at The Black-E: H to M
The artists below have all exhibited at the Black-E since it start in 1968. Wherever possible we have included the dates and event they were part of, but in some cases we lack this information - 40 years is a long time. .   Read More
21-09-2012 2 years 23 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited at The Black-E: N to S
The artists below have all exhibited at the Black-E since it start in 1968. Wherever possible we have included the dates and event they were part of, but in some cases we lack this information - 40 years is a long time. .   Julia O'Leary : ANIMALS: for the use of ... (1989) Read More
21-09-2012 2 years 27 weeks ago
Artists Who Have Exhibited At The Black-E: T to Z
The artists below have all exhibited at the Black-E since it start in 1968. Wherever possible we have included the dates and event they were part of, but in some cases we lack this information - 40 years is a long time. Joram Tenbrink  :  Participatory Vigils (1983); Read More
20-09-2012 2 years 27 weeks ago
Bar Room Tales - Ken Campbell's Road Show - May 1970
Ken Campbell's  Road Show - led by the immitable Ken Campbell   - was a group of six performers based in Chorley Lancashire.  The Blackie promoted their Bar Room Tales in May 1970.  Read More
18-10-2013 4 years 43 weeks ago
Becoming Breathless May Also Become A Friendly Habit
A player runs into a room where one player is lowering themselves to the ground in slow motion and the other players are each individually and quietly engaged in building card houses.  The running player is breathing heavily and beginning to sweat.  This player steps carefully over to the figure moving in slow motion  -  avoiding any vibration likely to disturb the card houses which are being assembled  -  and touches the slow moving figure on the shoulder.  After a moment of relaxa Read More
22-06-2012 2 years 15 weeks ago
Bill Harpe
Bill Harpe (choreographer, dancer and games creatrer) was a co-founder of The Blackie (now The Black-E). He started work in 1968 and, apart from the odd sabbatical few months and an 18th months job share at the GLC with Wendy Harpe, he is still working there. Working With Young People Read More
07-11-2012 11 weeks 2 days ago

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