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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
Black Dance In Britain - 23 August 1993
Left is the flye Read More
17-11-2017 22 weeks 3 days 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 41 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 27 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 29 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 29 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 31 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 31 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 29 weeks ago
Building Sight - Christmas Decorations - 21/22 December 1974
The Idea:   Decorate the building site for Christmas. Read More
19-11-2014 3 years 31 weeks ago
Building Sight - Flower Show - 26/27 Oct 1974
The Idea was simple - to create a Flower Show on site.  The idea was put to Liverpool City Council's  Department of Recreation and Open Spaces who agreed to do it. Read More
05-11-2014 3 years 36 weeks ago

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