Black Performance Lab for Black History Month

7 October, 2022

Devised and directed by Jordi M. Carter, Black Performance Lab is a five-week studio project open to ICTheatre Brighton’s BA1 and BA2 Musical Theatre and Acting for the 21st Century students, introducing Black and Afrocentric approaches to theatre-making and performance.

About the project

This project is dedicated to Black History month and is designed as a collaborative space co-constructed by the needs & interests of the students.

The project centres on Black expressive culture as a contributor to theatre & performance, and the company will explore ways to think about how performance can be used to think about Blackness (as race & ethnicity) within a British context.

Black Performance Lab will culminate in a short devised peice directed by Jordi, bringing together the offerings, discussions and ideas shared across the five weeks.

About Jordi

Jordi M. Carter is an actor, creative director, educator, model and producer from Streatham, South West London, who is invested in Black cultural expansion across theatre, film & visual arts.

He graduated from the University of Sussex in 2021 holding a Drama and Film Studies BA (Hons) degree with First Class Honours. The former Taking Part & Creators Program Young Associate at the Young Vic (2021-2022), Jordi spent a year based in the theatre’s creative engagement and artist development strands, training in the work of community producing and artistic output. He also trained in the work of Creative Producing through Theatre Peckham’s Young Producers Programme in Spring 2022 and has since acted as the Associate Producer at production company Gateway Arts.

“As a Black creative, the most important thing for me is being surrounded by others who feel a responsibility as storytellers to provoke change through their artistry.”

Jordi looks to create and be part of work that builds upon the contributions of Black culture to the creative industries. Passionate and curious about the expressive nature of the Black Aesthetic, he is invested in cultivating Black joy and thinking about Black history through his work as a means to radically reimagine and spotlight the multiplicities of the Black experience.

“My goal is to be part of work that celebrates how important Black stories are on-stage and on-screen as representations of culture and thoughts – as well as the voice of the many that don’t have the access to be heard. Because everyone has stories to tell.”

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