All the World is Now Better Meets the Woman Who Refused to Dance

Thompson, Shirley 2017. All the World is Now Better Meets the Woman Who Refused to Dance. Diaspora Pavilion, Venice Bienale

CreatorsThompson, Shirley
Description

All The World Is Now Richer Meets The Woman Who Refused To Dance

Sokari Douglas Camp’s All The World Is Now Richer Meets The Woman Who Refused To Dance is a video work created as a memorial to commemorate the abolition of slavery. The work was commissioned by The Diaspora Pavilion in Venice combines the sculptural work of Camp and the opera by Shirley J Thompson The Woman Who Refused to Dance travelling on a boat on the canals in Venice with a dance performance by Tania Dimbelolo, choreography by Monique Jonas. The opera The Woman Who Refused To Dance, is about an unknown woman on the slave boat of Captain Kimber in 1792 who refused to dance and is beaten and hung for arbitration. Although the unknown woman dies, in Shirley J. Thompson's opera, her spirit rises. In this new filmed production, All The World Is Now Richer Meets The Woman Who Refused to Dance, her spirit rises and additionally reunites with her ancestors. The film brings the figures and their multiple references to history of slavery into echoing with the current migrant crisis. The film and sculptures are on display until 16 November 2017 as part of an exhibition at the Venice Biennial featuring the work of 19 artists.

Date2017
Keywords#opera #sculpture #dance #orchestra #vocal #speaker #multi-media

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