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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.

Ancient Futures - Aug. 1996 - For Dance UK Bulletin
 Ancient Futures Read More
12-10-2018 3 days 4 hours ago
Ancient Futures - May 1996
This Conference was not run by the Black-E but it is included in the Archive a) because of Bill's involvement  and b) because the Archive aims to include work associated with Black Dance which links to work done at the Black-E Read More
10-10-2018 3 days 4 hours ago
Black Dance In Britain - 23 August 1993
Left is the flye Read More
17-11-2017 3 days 4 hours ago
Dance & Diversity - Sept 05
This Seminar was not run by the Black-E but it is included in the Archive a) because of Bill's involvement  and b) because the Archive aims to include work associated with Black dance which links to work done at the Black-E  The Seminar was run by  IRIE! Dance and City and Islington College (Saturday 24 September 05). Read More
26-09-2018 3 days 4 hours ago
The Blackie Reports On Food - 1998
This was the third of four such Reports.     Read More
04-10-2018 4 days 50 min ago
The Blackie Reports On Dance - 1995
This was the second of four such Reports.     Read More
04-10-2018 5 days 6 hours ago
The Blackie Reports On Music - May 1993
This was the first of  four such Reports.  It was the only one done using old technology  - that is the photos, cartoons,  etc were cut out and pasted onto the background .   Read More
04-10-2018 5 days 5 hours ago
The Blackie Reports On Film - 2002
This is the fourth Blackie Reports and currently the last one.  It is somewhat longer than the others, eight pages as opposed to four and was run as part of Making a Difference programme.    Read More
05-10-2018 1 week 2 days ago
Poetry Plus
The following are events based round a specific poet, but often with music, and/or additonal readers.  For some poets we built a specific environment.  But by and large we know very little about these events since often all we have is the original leaflet and our ever fading memories. Read More
27-11-2012 1 week 4 days ago
The Blackie Reports 03-10-2018 1 week 5 days 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 24 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 19 weeks 5 days ago
Black Dance In Britain - 23 August 1993
Left is the flye Read More
17-11-2017 3 days 4 hours ago
Body & Soul Film Shows - January 1976
As part of Peter Moore's second Exhibition Body & Soul the Blackie staged its second participatory exhibition 'Yours For The Taking'.  We also contributed by showing films and video tapes at the Blackie under the title Body & Soul   where the music was Soul and the Body was dance. The screenings started on Saturday 17th January and went on 4 weeks.  We started with:-:- Read More
05-10-2012 5 years 50 weeks ago
Brendan MacCormack - Blackie Benefit
The Story behind Brendan MacCormack's guitar concert this Thursday February 4th,  began over a year ago.  In December 1980, a few days before Christmas, the Blackie learned (in company with 40 other Projects nationally) it would not receive a grant from Arts Council in the coming year. Read More
15-01-2014 4 years 35 weeks ago
Building Sight - Balloons - 4/5 and 19th January 1975
The Idea:  To create a coloumn of Helium filled white balloons which went from the bottom to the top of the building site. This would hopefully sway in the wind which at this stage of rebuilding swept through the site. This turned out to be the first  of three installations involving balloons. Read More
12-11-2014 3 years 37 weeks ago
Building Sight - Like Stars In Your Eyes - 22/23 February 1975
Like Stars In Your Eyes was an installation by Clive Dilnot.  There are  no photographs of this installation.  However the original proposal still exists and represents pretty much what happened.  LIKE STARS IN YOUR EYES  SCULPTURE PIECE FOR GREAT GEORGES Read More
24-11-2014 3 years 37 weeks ago
Building Sight - Animal Magic No 3 - 30 Nov/1 December 1974
This event was created by DDart, a theatre group from Leeds Polytechnic Fine Art Department which included Jack Whirlpool and J.E.Latham.  We know this because the poster for the event and the publicity material says so.  We have no other paperwork or any idea of what the event was about.  The other thing we have are photographs and these are below. Read More
02-12-2014 3 years 40 weeks ago
Building Sight - Banners - 25/ 26 Feb 1975
Banners consisted of a display of large banners hung across the site containing thoughts Read More
03-11-2014 3 years 39 weeks ago
Building Sight - Beaming - 7/8 December 1974
The Idea : create a series of slogans around the word 'beam'  - so it drew upon the humour of young Read More
19-11-2014 3 years 37 weeks ago

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