Sweet Tooth


How do we make sense of slavery? How can we represent its legacies? How do we breathe life into the human stories of enslavement, forced movement, suffering and renewal from the dry facts left behind in historical documents?

Historians try to do those things—usually in books or lectures. But how can the work of bearing witness to slavery be embodied by other practitioners? Using documents from eighteenth-century Jamaica, drawing in the work of a historian with that of an experimental ensemble of musicians specialising in sound and movement, Sweet Tooth is an innovative and cross-disciplinary initiative that explores the part-hidden histories of Britain’s relationship with the Caribbean and with slavery.

This will be a first public sharing of our work in progress, as we research and develop new ways of confronting and feeling a past that continues to groan and shift, restlessly in our present.

This event is free. A ticket is required.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Research supported by Aldeburgh Music, University of Southampton, St George’s Bloomsbury, Centre 151
With further support from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Bluecoat Liverpool.