What's Gone 2018
Sunday 7 Oct
Performance Black Women 100 event. Recognising black women's contribution to the suffrage movement. Arnolfini, Bristol.
Thursday 4th Oct
Poetry performances in collaboration with UWE and Bristol black poets, Bristol.
Monday 1st Oct
Being Romeo and Juliet, with South West Dance Theatre, at Trinity Centre, Bristol. Playback meets dance theatre - love, hate, fear, hope, duty, desire....The Trinity Centre, Bristol southwestdancetheatre.co.uk
Members of Breathing Fire have been conducting research on trauma in relation to the experiences of migrant communities. Findings from our individual research will be used to inform our interactions with audiences and the creativity expressed in our up and coming performances.
Black Artist on the Move Presented Ecletic on Thursday 7 June at The Quaker Meeting House, in collaboration with @ Bristol Refugee Festival. Breathing Fire Theatre Company performed “The Place I Belong”, a show celebrating the resilience and strength of Bristol’s refugee and asylum seeking Communties.
17 March 2018 Sistas in the Spotlight! The Malcolm X Centre, Breathing Fire and Tan Teddy - Jamaican Folk Culture Group, host a showcase of female performance artists. Spoken word, song, theatre, music and dance! Celebrating International Women’s Day and recognising 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in the UK. Market stalls; food and drink available for purchase; prize draw for ticket holders on the night.
13 March 2018 BSN (Bristol Survivors Network - Campaigning to Improve Mental Health Services), Bristol, UK. AGM at Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square. Breathing Fire performance from 3 pm. Service Users and Carers are warmly invited to 'Mental Health interACTions'. All welcome to watch and take part, or put topics up for discussion. A lively and stimulating afternoon.
We partnered with our Washington DC based sister company, Hissing Black Cat to deliver four playback performances and were pleased to have made links with a High School and a women’s writing group to deliver two additional performances.
We performed again with our sisters in Hissing Black Cat on our reciprocal visit following on from their joining us on our UK tour in 2016. February was Black History Month in the USA and we benefitted from our interactions with communities and people especially around the way Black History Month is celebrated and acknowledged in America. We performed in a range of settings to different community groups. We aimed to honour our audiences with their stories on issues, experiences and moments that are most relevant to them and their cultural perspectives.
We were keen to further develop our own skills, knowledge and experience and to widen our repertoire by taking the opportunity to learn and grow from the range of stories shared and themes explored during our performances, workshops and practices, and through our training with Hissing Black Cat. Check out our journey in more detail here!