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  • Ports that Pass performed by Loop Dance Company. Image by Paul Seaby

Community Day

Tue 29 Nov 2016

Commemoration of the Zong Massacre

Tuesday 29 November

2 – 5pm, free, drop-in

Turner Contemporary marks the anniversary of the Zong Massacre with an afternoon of new performances by artists, musicians and dancers.


The slave ship Zong set sail from Africa to Jamaica in September 1781. The ship was packed with more slaves than they had room for causing unimaginable distress as well as disease and death. On 29 November 1781, the captain decided to throw the 133 remaining slaves overboard, partly to protect the crew but also to claim insurance for the murdered slaves. The case received a lot of publicity and was one of the events that inspired the abolitionist movement. Turner had previously had a financial interest in the slave trade but after hearing about this event he stopped supporting slavery, painting The Slave Ship in 1840 which depicts this massacre. One of the figures in John Akomfrah’s film Vertigo Sea references freed slave Oludiah Equiano who bought the story of the Zong massacre to public attention.

Ports that Pass: Loop Dance Company and Sivan Rubinstein

2pm and 4.30pm, Foyle Rooms

Loop Dance Company and choreographer Sivan Rubinstein have been running dance and photography workshops in Margate exploring identity, nationality, profession, status and travel. Watch their new dance work: Ports that Pass, a physical exploration of the 'Passport’. 

The 2pm performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists. 


Paul Maheke and Sophie Mallett: Hypersea

3pm, Clore Learning Studio

Enjoy artists and Open School East alumni Paul Maheke and Sophie Mallett’s new performance which explores the sea as a constant, never-ending presence that contains histories.

Sophie Mallett is an artist exploring sound through the social, and the social through sound. Using a background in music, radio and documentary she pursues a practice focused on sounds’ intersection with affect, politics and value. Her approach to making is rooted in collaboration and co­production with a reflexive emphasis on how artists and others can work together.

Paul Maheke (b.1985, France) is an artist currently living and working in London. His practice focuses – through video, installation, sculpture and furtive interventions – on the body as both an archive and a territory. With particular attention to dance, he proposes to defuse the power relations that shape Western imaginations. 

Crossing Over
by Emily Peasgood

4pm, Sunley Gallery

Hear the premier of Crossing Over an experimental choral work by composer and sound artist Emily Peasgood performed by members of Bigmouth Chorus and inspired in-part by John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea.


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