To mark Black History Month we commissioned three artists to respond to the representation and misrepresentation of Black lives in the media in the form of a Happening - a piece of art which reflects on an urgent societal issue and aims to provoke and challenge as well as entertain, and ultimately ask how we can create a more equitable society that gives a voice and a chance to everyone.
In this Q&A session, a recording of a live event held in December 2020, which focused on creating political theatre, artists Dael Orlandersmith, May Sumbwanyambe and Natasha Thembiso Ruwonarespond to their pieces and answer audience questions.
We welcome you to add to the discussion either by commenting on the Happening videos or using the #TravHappenings hashtag on social media.
Happenings are presented in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
The Traverse is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.
Image: Mihaela Bodlovic
Watch the Happenings
In Dreams I;Free By Natasha Thembiso Ruwona
In Dreams I; responds to Black geographies and how black people fit into spaces - physically or metaphorically. It is a mediation on history, identity and memory, and how these can often be blurred into one.Watch now
The Stories We Tell About Black LivesFree By May Sumbwanyambe
In his wide-ranging video essay, May Sumbwanyambe draws links between the ways in Black people are represented and misrepresented in the media.Watch now
A Community Response to Race: Making Until the Flood with Dael OrlandersmithFree
Playwright, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith discusses her show Until the Flood and the state of America in 2020.Watch now