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Sweet Tooth

Participants: Elaine Mitchener

Series: Residencies

Ideas explored: developing new work

In her latest project, vocal artist Elaine Mitchener casts a unique look upon the history of the sugar trade.

“My ancestry includes enslaved Africans, sold by Africans to British traders to make Britain ‘great’ through the slave trade of sugar on plantations in the Caribbean and Brazil.” Sweet Tooth is a deeply personal project not only about Black history but an important chapter of British history and the pivotal role Black people have played in it.

This work is the result of an intensive research period involving 4 performers, a historical consultant and a movement director. Sweet Toooth is part of an ambitious project in constant evolution, using different mediums to look upon the many aspects of Britain’s Atlantic legacies: music ensemble, installation, solo work, film.