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Nubian Steps

Identifier: NUBIAN

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily comprises audio-visual, administrative, and promotional materials. It includes records relating to the governance of OnyxArts Foundation and administrative and promotional materials for various Nubian Steps productions.


  • Creation: 1996-2013

Biographical / Historical

The production 'Nubian Steps' was created in response to a report entitled 'Advancing Black Dancing' written by David Bryan for the Arts Council England in 1993, and was conceived as a platform for Black British choreographers and dancers. In 1996 Bryan set up the company OnyxArts productions, under which three Nubian Steps productions were staged in 1996, 1997 and 2001 in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre. The performances featured many of the artists that are present today including Maria Ryan (SOE Board and The Place); Robert Hylton; and Merville James (Phoenix Dance Theatre).


2 boxes

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This collection has been arranged into two series levels:

NUBIAN/1 Onyx Foundation Governance

NUBIAN/2 Performances and Productions

Custodial History

Donated as part of the Black Dance Archives Project, 2015

Processing Information

This description was compiled by Jessica Knights, Archive volunteer, June to July 2015

Black Cultural Archives: Nubian Steps
Black Cultural Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives Collection Repository

Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square