Curriculum for Excellence Resources

Black offers a contemporary exploration of social and ethical issues of the Black African body, through a wide range of dance and music. Additionally, it will reference the recent history of #BlackLivesMatter, giving opportunities for discussion and analysis in the curriculum areas of Literacy, Social Studies and RME.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Social Studies
I can describe the factors contributing to a major social, political or economic change in the past and can assess the impact on people’s lives. SOC 3-05a

I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence. SOC 2-06a

Health and Wellbeing
I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave. HWB 2-04a / HWB 3-04a

As I explore the rights to which I and others are entitled, I am able to exercise these rights appropriately and accept the responsibilities that go with them. I show respect for the rights of others. HWB 1-09a / HWB 2-09a / HWB 3-09a

Expressive Arts
I have experienced the energy and excitement of presenting/performing for audiences and being part of an audience for other people’s presentations/performances. EXA 2-01a / EXA 3-01b

Having developed ideas from a range of stimuli, I can contribute to devising, rehearsing and presenting drama or scripts. EXA 3-14a

I have taken part in dance from a range of styles and cultures, demonstrating my awareness of the dance features. EXA 2-10a

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Health and Wellbeing
Social Studies
Dance Base
Duration: 45 min incl. Q&A
Seating: Theatre seating

Content warning: The piece shows images of violence towards Black people, slavery and colonisation

Dance Base
14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
  • Thursday 30 May 10:00
  • Thursday 30 May 13:00
  • Friday 31 May 10:00
  • Friday 31 May 19:30
  • Saturday 1 June 19:30

*** All classes booked for Black will get a FREE wrap-around project exploring the dance styles and themes of the show. This will include anti-racism training for teachers, a dance workshop for pupils delivered by Project X and a post-show discussion using onTAP. Supported by PLaCE funding ***

Black is a reflection on the violence and emancipation of being Black in today’s world, through a body that narrates, challenges and disturbs – a body that is both wounded and celebrated.

Using a set devoid of artifice and brimming with symbolism, creator and performer Oulouy references episodes from recent history such as the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the murder of George Floyd, to rethink the Black African body in the western world.

It is a dance, visual and music chronicle of the freedom movement which skillfully plays with a choreographic repertoire inspired by urban styles of the African continent and its diaspora in the USA, such as Coupé-Décalé, Ndomboló, Afrohouse or Krump.

To transcribe in words what Oulouy did on stage is quite impractical, given the communicative and emotional explosion it involved.”

Access Information

  • Set design: One chair
  • Performer: 1 performer
  • Lights: White, blue, amber, red
  • Experience: The performance shows images of violence towards Black people, slavery and colonization
  • Capacity: 90

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