Black on Black: 24R is a new durational performance from Zinzi Minott that explores the artist’s engagement with dance, queerness, blackness and the body as archive. The work interrogates dance as a form of labour and the limits of the body through the exhausting processes of repetition and duration.
Over the span of 24 hours, Minott repeats a solo created from movement phrases donated to her by an extended network of black dancers and artists: “if you could imagine a physical archive of dance”, asked Minott, “what nugget or phrase would you donate?”
In Black on Black: 24 R both dance and blackness are archived physically, passed from body to body to form a physical archive of Black and Queer lineage. What if movement, handed on and shared, is the embodied language of black lives across generations and geolocations? Perhaps the body itself, and a shared physical vocabulary, is the most tangible archive for remembering black life and histories. Dance’s ephemerality is a tactic of resistance.
As Minott repeats her solo, her phrases are altered, eroded by exhaustion, mirroring the ever-changing and always vulnerable existence of the archive. The work makes plain the fallible nature of the body, of the archive, of performance and of blackness, all subject to forces of erasure.
Minott will perform her solo amidst a 12-screen audio-visual installation consisting of archival footage and other accompanying material from Minott’s personal image collection with a newly commissioned score composed by Gaika.
This commission was set to take place across spring/summer 2020, but due to COVID-19, BLACK ON BLACK: 24R will now tour throughout 2021 .