At the Riley Theatre, COLOUR Festival
Film screening and discussion
Part of COLOUR Festival 2022
Commissioned by Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage, and composed by Philip Herbert with two independent choreographic interpretations by Monique Jonas and Thomas Tawala Prestø, Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey seeks to honour the Windrush generation and crystallise their experiences.
The film showcases behind the scenes footage on the making of the shows, including interviews with the producer, composer, choreographers and musicians. Interpretation - Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey is a unique look into a multifaceted creative practice. A voice of hope, aspiration and dreams that generations still have to navigate.
A discussion – A Wise Monkey Knows Which Tree to Climb: Perspectives on Decolonising Black Dance will be held after the film has been shared with Artistic Director of Tabanka Dance Ensemble, Thomas Tawala Prestø and Artistic Director and CEO of Serendipity, Pawlet Brookes MBE. The discussion will then be followed by a Q&A session.
Running time: 1hr 40 mins
Serendipity’s mission is to centre perspectives from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, embedded as part of cultural experiences for all. Serendipity’s programmes include the flagship dance festival, Let’s Dance International Frontiers, Black History Month Leicester and the Annual Windrush Day Lecture.
Serendipity have established a legacy; hosting a growing living archive documenting Black arts, heritage and culture, publishing the voices of Black arts practitioners and community activists, nurturing artists to create high quality new work and mentoring young people.