“CANE WARRIORS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NARRATIVES I HAVE EVER WRITTEN BECAUSE IT FOCUSES ON A PART OF WORLD HISTORY THAT HAS BEEN IGNORED & UNDERSTATED. IT’S TIME THAT TACKY & HIS FELLOW CANE WARRIORS ARE REMEMBERED...” Alex Wheatle, MBE.
‘Cane Warriors’ is based on the true story of Tacky's Rebellion, an uprising of Akan slaves that occurred in Jamaica in 1760. It was the most significant slave rebellion in the Caribbean after the 1733 slave insurrection on St. John & before the 1791 Haitian Revolution.
We are thrilled that Alex has invited us to work with him to create what will undoubtedly be a very inspiring work of African Contemporary dance theatre.
Through R&D, we will work closely with Alex to develop the concept towards its full authenticity and power. For 'Cane Warriors' we aim to build a team of exceptional artists and performers to embody the work and to develop new choreography, music, photography and film.
In-studio we will study the narrative, its characters, symbolism, historical context, moral and technical dilemmas and animate key sections of the work through experimentation and enactment to develop an integrated movement language and sound concept that together reflect the emotional intensity and integrity of these remarkable events.
The R&D will involve young people in the local community and a wider public online. Educational activity will be led by the author and members of the creative team and will give an experience of creative writing, dance and music whilst increasing public awareness of the historical & cultural context.
What we learn through R&D will inform the future creation of a full scale theatrical work.