Carol Leeming MBE returned in triumph to the stage, to debut a a new choreopoem, titled ‘The Dreadful Dance of Ms Iiniquity’ written specially for the A Time to Breathe Festival,202 curated by Greta Mendez MBE a pioneering legend of Black Arts. The performances were at the The Theatre formerly Stockwell Playhouse Theatre 208 Wandsworth Rd SW8 2JU. See here: an interview with Carol prior to the performances with Theatre Stop Magazine https://www.theatrefullstop.com/2021/10/25/multi-disciplinary-artist-carol-leeming-mbe-talks-ahead-of-her-london-theatrical-debut-as-part-of-the-inaugural-a-time-to-breathe-festival-which-opens-tomorrow/
The two performances of the chorepoem, during the festival received standing ovations from the audiences. with some particularly strong responses from the audiences a selection follows: One audience member felt moved to write publicly on facebook:
Last night I had the immense honour to witness the inaugural performance of Carol Leeming’s, deeply moving and breathtaking -The Dreadful Dance of Ms Iniquity; the imaginary trial of a fictional black woman who has betrayed her lineage.
Carol staged a tour de force, totally absorbed into her characters, she took the audience on a rollercoaster ride of despair, rebellion and finally hope.
She bore the magnitude of the struggles of the ancestors; personified the injustices at the heart of the Wlindrush scandal, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Grenfell atrocity; and in doing so, shone like a spiritual beacon for young poets and actors to follow in her wake. In speaking with Carol after the performance, she stated “this is very much a work in progress” and I for one can only wonder in awe at the heights that this already magnum opus can be taken to Floyd Wilson Audience Member
Or other artists in the audience:
It was terrifyingly beautiful, solemn, majestic and edifying. Ray Shell Writer /Director /Actor /Publisher
I had the pleasure of watching Carol Leeming one woman choreopoem! It was emotional, truthful,and traumatic in parts. You cannot watch this performance and not be moved in some way. Judith Jacob Actor TV /Theatre, Co- Founder Black Theatre Co-op, Bibi Crew, Radio Host Injection Radio.com
Political Performance Art which uses dance theatre spoken word song to convey Caribbean colonials racism pain and sorrow..powerful`! Michael Jospeh Dancer /Choreographer Lecturer