Tania Camara


Oreo Prelude

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Presented by STUN + Word of Warning

Oreo, coconut, Bounty Bar — micro-aggressions used to disempower a black person deemed to be ‘acting white’.

In 2020 we presented Oreo Variations, a choreographic development of one section of Tania’s work for livestreaming — rejoin us for Oreo Prelude, a new livestream of her unseen material. Now that it’s over, re-watch on YouTube:

Access

Time: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 7pm to approximately 7.30pm.
Location: livestreamed online via YouTube.
Ticketing: book a free space on Eventbrite to receive livestream details by email. Donations are welcome via PayPal.
Age Advisory: 16+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: includes an archive recording of a speech by Diane Abbott where she uses a term that may offend, for specific warnings please click here.
Features: live + recorded audio, spoken word, and choreographed movement.
Please note: if you require live captioning we suggest you try using Otter on a 2nd device (download on the App Store or get it on Google Play); to improve your listening experience we suggest using headphones/external speakers.
For specific access queries please get in touch by emailing info@habmcr.org

About

A semi-autobiographical solo about being a successfully educated black woman within western society. Oreo Prelude goes back to the beginning of the story, taking the words of British MP Diane Abbott to interrogate systemic racism and its effect on mental health within private and public personas.

Oreo Prelude is being developed through a commission from In Between Time in collaboration with hÅb/Word of Warning.

Artist

A Manchester-based solo performance artist, Tania Camara works across devised theatre, dance, site-specific, live art, installation, video + photography. A graduate of the University of Amsterdam with an MA, she uses her cultural heritage, past experiences, research, and the interdisciplinary structure of Batuku (including singing, dancing, drums + spoken word).

Tania’s current practice focuses on personal accounts of memory, collective and ancestral, to uncover her racial and cultural identity; the concept of self and other; belonging and the black performing body.

Tania is a member of In Between Time’s Creative Exchange Lab + The Lowry’s Class of 2020.

Reviews

★★★★ A tour de force of a performance …utterly compelling.
 — The Grouchy Critic on Oreo at HOME
Captivating and thought provoking. Food for thought.
 — Number 9 Reviews on Oreo at HOME
Brave thoughtful piece… Gutsy, moving… Unsettling and joyful.
 — Audience Response to Oreo Variations

Credits

Creator, Performer, Producer: Tania Camara
Dance Mentor: Pape Ibrahima N’diaye (a.k.a. Kaolack)
Director: Peader Kirk
Livestream Producer: Ricardo Vilela at Sagitta Media
Original Oreo Lighting Designer: Kamini Patel
Image of Oreo at HOME’s PUSH Festival 2020 by Chris Payne.

Oreo commissioned by STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North), developed with the support of HOME, Divergency + hÅb. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Websites

taniacamara.com · Tania on Facebook · Tania on Insta · @TaniaCamara2

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Performance Programme 2021

Ongoing | Various Venues + Online
Manchester Independents
Ongoing | Online
Domesticated
Wed 13 Jan, 8pm. Donations welcome | Online
Domestic
Wed 10 Mar, 8pm. Donations welcome | Online
Domestic
Wed 26 May, 7pm. Donations welcome | Online
Oreo Prelude
Sat 25 Sep, 12noon-4pm entry. Free | Contact
Emergency 21
Fri 15 Oct, 7.30pm. PWYD | STUN Studio
Oreo
Fri 22 Oct, 7pm. Free | Holden Gallery
Concord