Certain Blacks – Harlem 7 – 10 September 2017 Rich Mix – London
Certain Blacks is an arts development organisation formed to support the growth of diverse artists. The organisation support performance, live art, music and theatre and supports the creative voice of our diverse society. The aim of the organisation is to provide more diverse work for touring and performance in the UK and beyond. Our Philosophy is to provide performance opportunities for new, emerging and established artists of the highest quality. The organisation aims to challenge the norms of performance and what is seen as diverse. Certain Blacks presents art from the margins into the mainstream.
The Harlem Renaissance describes a period in 1920’s Harlem area of new your when Black theatre, literature, music and arts found its own unique voice within American culture. The festival will be based around a newly commissioned R n D staging of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellis and include a performance of an original Jazz score influenced by the work of Langston Hughes, a writer and poet from this period written by international musician Byron Wallen. The festival will also feature a live art recommission of Body House 3 from artist Shabnam Shabazi and Unfold from poets Lyrix Organix. The festival will also present Flight of Fancy by Fancy Chance. This work looks at personal identity within the USA and challenges what it means to be different within a conforming society.
Certain Blacks has commissioned two work for the festival Body House III and Invisible Man. Both works will can only be seen in their new form at Harlem. The programme shows the range, depth, quality and fun of diverse artists working in the UK today and follows the organisations idea of Certain Blacks: Do what they want to!
Certain Blacks Artistic Director – Clive Lyttle states: This festival is the third to have been presented by the organisation. It has grown to present a programme of music, VJ’s, live arts and theatre and has developed strong collaborations with artists. We aim to present a programme that show the range of work available from diverse artists and present audiences with fun, engaging festival work.