Perfidy, A #wordymonday dance photography interpretation

Tabanka African and Caribbean Peoples Dance Ensemble performed at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London as part of ADAD's Bloom festival. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

Tabanka African and Caribbean Peoples Dance Ensemble performed at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London as part of ADAD’s Bloom festival. (c) Carole Edrich 2013

I selected this image, taken at ADAD’s Bloom Festival, because of what inspired the Norwegian Crew to create Pleasant Conversation, one of the pieces they performed. Rather than unwittingly distort these reasons I’m copying the full description below.

“Within one month, one of Tabanka’s members was beaten up on a bus and called a “nigger bitch” whilst none of the onlookers to the attack helped her. Another member was spat on and had her braids pulled out because she dared to wear the Norwegian national dress as a black woman. Shortly after this occurred Anders Behring Breivik massacred 77 people on a Norwegian island in a racist attack. ‘Pleasant Conversation’ is commentary on how Tabanka feel about all these issues. It is a tribute to the body language they wish they could display in such situations, but due to the politics of their skin colour cannot afford to embody.

The word perfidy was suggested by Xalieri. Next week the word will be Transient.