‘Unmasking Colonial Agendas with Anansi’ participatory workshop

22nd November 2017 3pm – 5pm

Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square

On the 22nd of November between 15:00 to 17:00 we will be holding a mask making and performance workshop based on character development to tell stories of colonial agendas. Between 17:00 and 18:00 we will be discussing future opportunities for performance/ display and potentially having meetings with future collaborators (at this stage we will be opening our doors to non-participants who would be interested in our work).

I will be explaining a little about my own research on legal agendas and their influence on the distribution of stories throughout the world, and how the historical context of Anansi the Afro-Carribbean folkloric figure has informed my own agenda of decolonising knowledge. I will also briefly share the example of my own character design of Anansi as an Afro-Carribbean feminist leader, and how I am disrupting the racist and euro-centric ‘heritage’/ ‘tradition’/ ‘culture’ of Commedia dell’Arte and redistributing the power over the definition of the word ‘culture’ itself.

Participants are then invited to reflect on their own experience of colonial agendas and design their own monsters (masks) as a creative method of critique.

We can then think of stories and performative ways to use the masks!

Out of respect towards the cultural heritage and historical context of Anansi stories and the original character design inspiring this workshop, we are offering workshop spaces to female or femme identifying Afro-Carribbean actors and artists. We will provide masks and decorative materials. The workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Please let us know if you would like a leadership role in this workshop. Please RSVP by the 20th November to v.bhargava1120151@arts.ac.uk or hello@diversity-matters.org.uk and definitely please tell us if you want to cancel so we can use our financial resources efficiently and provide the best experience and materials we are able to for our participants.

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