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Rhythmosaic & Phoenix Dance Theater premiere
Black Waters
February 2020
Leeds & London

July 2, 2019

Rhythmosaic's next mega project to be premiered in UK in 2020 is BLACK WATERS, a poignant new contemporary dance piece by renowned Phoenix Dance Theater. It is a UK - India collaboration between Phoenix Dance Company - national company from UK (and the only black heritage company in UK) and Rhythmosaic Dance Company, India, who are the first Indians to collaborate and choreograph for them.

Black Waters

The first story to be explored in Black Waters is of a British/Jamaican perspective and draws inspiration from The Zong massacre, where 130 slaves were thrown overboard and drowned in order to claim insurance on their lives. It led to a major court case and the insurance was never paid - the case was significant in the abolition of slavery. After the murders the boat docked in the Black River. Presented alongside the Zong massacre narrative will be reference to a story of British colonialism and more specifically when Indian freedom fighters were incarcerated in an island jail called Kala Pani on the Andaman and Nicobar Island. Kala Pani means Black Waters in Hindi.

The piece will be underpinned by an original score infused with Indo-Caribbean influences and will present the journeys of the men and women impacted in both stories and their subsequent struggles, blending of cultures and fragmented identities which gave birth to an Indo-Caribbean diaspora for whom "home" always remained a contested space.

The choreographers are:

Sharon Watson

Ronnie Shambik Ghose

Mitul Sengupta

1. Sharon Watson - Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theater, UK
2. Ronnie Shambik Ghose - Director, Rhythmosaic Dance Company, India
3. Mitul Sengupta - Choreographer/ Performer, Artistic Director, Rhythmosaic Dance Company, India.

BLACK WATERS is premiering also in Sadlers Wells in March 2020, London, after Leeds Playhouse in Feb 2020. There will be an India tour later in the year.


- Yorkshire Times

- Black Waters at Sadlers Wells, London

- Black Waters at Northern Stage, Newcastle

- Phoenix Website


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