Dance for healing. Dance for freedom. Dance for desire. An interdisciplinary performance created by a Black queer ensemble, JUMBIE is a ritual for our sickened times.
Rooted in the history and culture of Montserrat, the Jumbie dance calls on the spirits of the dead to cure illness, solve personal problems, and redress social injustice. A night of feasting and music in which anything might happen - suppressed and silenced by colonial forces and the Christian Church.
JUMBIE revives the traditional dance but from a contemporary queer perspective, and raises a middle finger to the Church and colonialism by simply existing. Led by provocative and playful artist Jamal Gerald and an ensemble who invite you to a night of sensual revelry. Part ritual, part sex club, part dance party – and fully WTF.
Commissioned by Transform and HOME Manchester. Co-produced by Transform and supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Playhouse and Theatre in the Mill. Recipient of a Jerwood Arts’ Live Work Fund Award in 2021.
A Dudaan and Transform co-production in association with HOME.