Christer Petley has recently collaborated with a renowned vocal artist, Elaine Mitchener, who has created a disturbingly powerful piece of performance art, Sweet Tooth, about British-Caribbean slavery and its legacies. The project has reworked archival text, drawn from Christer’s research, in performances with the acclaimed jazz saxophonist Jason Yarde, percussionist Mark Sanders, multi-instrumentalist Sylvia Hallett and choreographer Dam Van Huynh. This work has been developed and performed at several UK Arts venues, including the Turner Simms concert Hall and Aldeburgh Music in 2016. In November 2017, it was premiered at Liverpool Bluecoat, in coordination with an event at the International Slavery Museum. Since then it has been showcased on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now.
Sweet Tooth will be performed in Southampton at Nuffield Southampton Theatres City (i.e. in the new Cultural Quarter rather than on campus) on 23 February 2018 at 7.45pm. This will be followed on Saturday 24 February by a panel discussion including a conversation between Elaine and Christer and contributions from Pritipuspa Mishra (Southampton, History) and Drew Crawford (Southampton Music), taking place between 11am and 1pm in the John Hansard Gallery in the new Cultural Quarter. For more information about Sweet Tooth, including how to book tickets, check out the Nuffield Theatre website here.