Stephen Dwoskin: Ballet Black (1986)
This documentary tells the story of Les Ballets Nègres (1946 – 1953), an all-Black dance company founded by Berto Pasuka, a queer Jamaican dancer, choreographer, director, writer, performer and painter. Blending archival photographs and video footage, the film recounts the company’s short history, concluding with a contemporary performance of Pasuka’s dance They Came.
Recommendation and text by Nydia Swaby for ICA Daily – 2 May 2020
Watch Ballet Black for free on BFI Player here