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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 Launch: Archiving with Bare Feet Fri 15 Mar 2024, 6pm - 7.30pm

An online event marking the launch of Adesola Akinleye’s Digital Archive.

Archiving with Bare Feet is a digital archive that documents the choreographic process, Climbing with Bare Feet, and the 2007 performance that came from it: Truth & Transparency. This relaxed online launch will include an introduction from artist Adesola Akinleye, navigations through the archive from Renée Bellamy and Natifah White, and space for conversation and reflection.

Truth & Transparency is a choreography for two performers and one dancer who manipulates an image projected onto the stage using a mirror. The work 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.

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


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ABOUT THE ARTIST

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.