Opera is often considered a performance art exclusive to a white, wealthy upper-class audience. UEL’s Dominic Hingorani has been carving out paths for marginalised performance artists on diverse stages. As co-artistic director of Brolly Productions, a BME-led performance company, Hingorani is trying to bring artists and audiences who have been traditionally excluded from opera and theatre into the mainstream.
In his ground-breaking production of The Powder Monkey, set aboard a 1788 slave ship, Hingorani explored themes of slavery and the heart-breaking choices enslaved people had to make when navigating a world which often forced them to choose between loyalty to their heritage and survival. The production was designed to be inclusive from rehearsal to stage and blended operatic music traditions with music traditions from West Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the North of England.