When the Oil Runs Out, People Will Need Horses

Thu 25 June 2015

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free events

A day of Romani performance, strategy and critique.

When the Oil Runs Out, People will Need Horses
-Tío Juan Fernández Gil, Alicante

The ‘Romani Triangle’, a guided tour by Professor Ethel Brooks of Rutgers University USA, with the Kakka Collective
11am and 12pm
Meet outside Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA
Tours lasts approximately 45 minutes

Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique, an international seminar presenting the findings of the PRISaC Network
2.30 - 6.30 pm
Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

There has been a Romani presence in the British Isles that stretches over 500 years. Over the course of the 20th century into the 21st, multiple waves of Romani migration have contributed to diverse, vibrant Romani communities across the UK – many of whom have family, cultural and community ties throughout Europe and the Americas. Romani survival in Europe, over the course of a millennium, has been contingent upon the adoption and practice of a number of strategies, including oral history, storytelling, music, dance and theatre, as well as upon everyday narratives, that perform intelligible Romani identities for Roma and non-Roma alike.

These shared histories and their multifaceted forms of representation provide the basis for this symposium on Romani performance practice. The symposium will be proceeded by a walking tour of the 'Romani Triangle', led by Professor Ethel Brooks and the Kakka Collective, that will highlight the deep Romani history of this corner of Shoreditch and the Greater London area.


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Additional Info

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Rivington Place

P: 0207 749 1240

Rivington Place is fully accessible. Disabled parking bays are available, please call in advance to reserve.
Free admission