Dee Jumbie Dance: A Resurrection Book Launch

Please join us on Friday the 22nd of September to celebrate the launch of Jamal Gerald’s Dee Jumbie Dance: A Resurrection, published by the Live Art Development Agency.

A gathering to invoke and honour the ancestors, with food, photography, music and a dance improvisation ritual by Yuma Sylla. This ceremony brings a 5-year research and creative process to a close and commemorates the archival of an essential part of Montserrat’s heritage. Let’s buss a move and say cheers to Dee Jumbie!

About Dee Jumbie Dance: A Resurrection

Based on JUMBIE, a performance by Jamal Gerald aiming to resurrect the Jumbie dance of Montserrat. Part ritual, part party, part sex dungeon – and fully WTF. Although never presented to an audience, it will now remain archived.

A chaotic, playful, and naughty artist book published by the Live Art Development Agency. Including Jumbie stories, essays, reflections, photography and artistic responses. Highlighting the research and creative process, queerness, BDSM, ancestry and healing.

A lost dance. A lost show. A story.

Contributors: Lee Affen, Mele Broomes, Rosie Elnile, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Ajamu X.

Edited by Kadish Morris
Design & Illustrations by Olivia Williams
Cover Design & Typesetting by Katie McLean
Cover Images: The Other Richard

Produced by Dudaan. Supported by the Jerwood New Work Fund, The Writing Squad and Theatre in the Mill.

Published by Live Art Development Agency.

About the artist Jamal Gerald

Jamal Gerald is an artist and writer based in Leeds. His work is conversational, unapologetic and provocative with a social message. Jamal’s practice is currently exploring African diaspora religions through a queer and pop culture viewpoint. He makes work that he wants to see, intending to take up space as a Black queer person. He is the Artistic Director of Dudaan (du-darn), a Black queer enterprise set up in November 2021. Dudaan produces Jamal’s work and creates opportunities, safe spaces and support systems for Black queer artists in the North. Jamal has undertaken research in Montserrat and Trinidad and Tobago through support from Arts Council England. In 2023, he did an artist residency with RISCO festival in São Paulo, Brazil.

Access information

LADA and The Garrett Centre are wheelchair accessible by lift and provide gender inclusive bathrooms. Should you have any particular requirements regarding access or have any questions, please email us and we will be happy to offer further support.


Banner image credit:

Jamal Gerald. Image by The Other Richard

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