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Carl Campbell Dance Company 7

Identifier: CCDC7

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily comprises audio-visual, administrative, and promotional materials. The records relate to Carl Campbell Dance Company 7's governance, performances, education programme, and other projects.


  • Creation: 1978-c.2000s

Biographical / Historical

Carl Campbell Dance Company 7 is the UK’s leading and oldest professional contemporary Caribbean Dance Company having been set up in 1978. The Company was founded and is still led by Carl Campbell who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London School of Contemporary Dance, Hilde Holger School of Creative Dance, New York School of Modern Dance and London School of Singing. The company is one of the UK’s most experienced dance specialists that pioneered community based Contemporary Caribbean dance practice. Carl formed the Company in 1978 after becoming discontent with the primitive and negative portrayal of black people’s arts and culture and the stereotypical imagery attached to it.

Carl Campbell's performing career includes musicals such as West Side Story (Ashcroft Theatre), Hair (Shaftsbury Theatre), Catch My Soul, (Prince of Wales), Merchant of Venice (Phoenix Theatre), Black Mikado (Cambridge Theatre), One Friday (Westminster Theatre), Joseph And His Technicolor Dreamcoat, (Ashcroft Theatre). Plays include Dutchman, A Taste of Honey, Another Part of the Forest, The Tempest, Black Macbeth, The Emperor Jones. Tours include British Dance - Drama Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Black Mikado. Work in opera includes Icebrake (Royal Opera House) and television The L - Shaped Room (BBC), King Oedipus, Hole in the Wall, Brideshead Revisited (Granada TV), Not For the Likes of Us (BBC), Tales of the Unexpected (Anglia) and Bodies Don't Lie (BBC). He has choreographed for One Friday (Westminster Theatre, London), Emperor Jones (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Lament For Rastafarri (Keskidee Arts Centre), Pulse (Edinburgh Festival), Nigerian Occupation (Commonwealth Institute), Fall and redemption of Man, (University Theatre, Lesotho, Africa). Carl has taught as a Dance Tutor for the ILEA, London Youth Dance Theatre, Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama, Middlesex Polytechnic.


6 Records Management Boxes

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This Collection has been arranged into the following two sub-fonds:

CCDC7/1 Governance

CCDC7/2 Performances, Education Work and Other Projects

Custodial History

Donated as part of the Black Dance Archives Project, 2015


A floppy disk (with no data stored on it), excessive duplicates of items and confidential financial information have been removed before and during the cataloguing process.

Black Cultural Archives: Carl Campbell Dance Company 7
Black Cultural Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives Collection Repository

Black Cultural Archives
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