Jamila Johnson-Small
Zinzi Minott

The Rebel Man Standard


The Rebel Man Standard was a programme of training, research and public interventions by dance artists Jamila Johnson-Small, Hamish MacPherson and Zinzi Minott.

The project explored the political potentials, and potential ramifications, of dance and choreographic practice, socially and for the body of the doer, through a range of activities: immersive research at Impulstanz Festival, simultaneous independent studio research, academic research, published writings, discussion groups, performance sharings, workshops and events.

This multi-faceted approach aimed to engage with dancers and wider audiences with an interest in politics and the arts, physically, intellectually, socially, historically, globally, to contribute to critical discourse and our own artistic development.

A film shown as part of our presentation at Independent Dance‘s Crosing Borders.  A consideration of the politics of being, making, learning, teaching and dancing and how all these things intertwine. 

In line with the project’s general approach, the three of us organised a festival together but chosen the content separately, attempting to support and enable each other’s desires, rather than aiming for a coherent curation that corresponds with a single artistic vision/mission. We were interested in what can happen when these different works and events meet and overlap in a shared space, and in how our individual agendas could coexist.

A series of mini interviews with people we were working with through the project or are otherwise interested in.

A text delivered at the end of the project at the Khan Studio, Sadler’s Wells, 11 May 2016.