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Adesola Akinleye | Archiving with Bare feet: archiving the performance work ‘Truth & Transparency’ 1. A grainy photograph shows what looks like the outline of four figures, in various poses on what looks like a stage. Their blurry outlines are highlighted in blue against a dark backdrop.

Adesola Akinleye, Digital Archive | Image: Truth & Transparency (2007)

Digital Archive: Archiving with Bare Feet Fri 15 Mar 2024 – Sat 15 Mar 2025

A Digital Archive from Adesola Akinleye. Asking ‘What does it do to a dance and choreographer to be archived?

Archiving with Bare Feet documents the choreographic process, Climbing with Bare Feet, and the 2007 performance that came from it: Truth & Transparency.

Truth & Transparency was inspired by Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ and Adesola’s reflections on bringing-up their own children as two Black youth. The piece researched Step and Crumping dance forms, and foreshadowed new technology using projection in real-time to manipulate the audience’s perception of dancers and space.

Archiving with Bare Feet takes up the challenge of archiving artistic process from Adesola’s perspective as a Black, female presenting, choreographer – a perspective which placed them outside the British dance mainstream in 2007. Collating various materials – footage, reflections, restagings – the archive reflects on what happens to the work of a dancer or a choreographer when it is/they are archived. Instead of presenting choreographic work as something that lives outside of a particular time; this archive understands it as living, existing through ongoing processes and the artistic knowledge it generates.

Part of Artist Archive, a programme that questions what an archive can be and who gets to have one.


Adesola Akinleye

Adesola Akinleye is a choreographer artist-scholar creating dance works ranging from dance films, installation, texts to live performance that are often site-specific. They draw on Indigenous/Africanist worldviews to explore how movement demonstrates the intra-connection of body-mind-environment. Adesola’s work is characterized by an interest in glimpsing and voicing peoples lived experiences through creative moving image. A key aspect of their work is the artistry of exchanging creative processes. They co-direct DancingStrong Movement Lab.