Records of the administration and productions of motiroti since 1991 and material relating to projects of Ali Zaidi and Keith Khan, individually and in partnership, pre- and post-1991. Comprises administrative and finance files, 1991-; production files, 1989-; storyboards, production photographs, sketches of costumes and scenery, poster and publicity artwork, flyers and programmes, CDs and video recordings of performances and live events, 1986-2004 ; press cuttings, reviews and other commentaries on performances, 1990-2004; material on collaborating arts companies and individual artists.
The motiroti archive is a rich mixture documenting the last 20 years of work within the Asian and black performing arts sector. The archive is particularly strong in visual material from storyboards to production pohotographs, initial costume sketches to poster artwork, flyers and programmes to CDs and videos. The range of material enables all stages of the evolving productions to be studied from pre-production brainstorming sessions through to videos of the the final performances and their subsequent developments. The design ingenuity and colourful complexity of motiroti staging is fully represented in the archive, whilst the programmes are particularly valuable for the insights provided into the ideas behind the performances. Also, presscuttings and other reviews and commentaries, written and visual, have been comprehensively collected and preserved to give a thorough record of the critical assessment of motiroti's achievements. The visual material is supported and enhance d by production files covering the artistic realisation of projects and project administration files which document the practicalities and logistics of coordinating and staging the performances. The administrative files show the development of the company over its 19 years from notes of ad hoc planning meetings to the fully structured business plan. Incidentally these files also provide a history of arts funding in the UK from the perspective of the applicant. In addition, because of the way in which motiroti works, the archive provides significant information on many different companies and individual performers that have worked with and for them, which might otherwise be unrecorded.