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27 April 2017
Author: The Place

#TrailblazersThursday: Q&A with Adesola Akinleye

Every Thursday until the 10 May, we’ll bring you a blog post about Trailblazers Showcase 2017 Presented by One Dance UK.  

To find out more about the showcase please click here.

Could you tell us a bit about your Trailblazer Fellowship and Baptism in three songs?

I am currently working on two projects. My current performance work for young audiences is Ila project, which includes collaborations with Bristol Museums and Galleries, V&A Museum of Childhood, and Flint Institute of Arts and three schools that are local to each museum. Each museum chose two objects from their collections for the young students to explore through dance, music, and fine art. Based on the discussions, imaginations and inspiration from the children, my company Dancing Strong is now in the creative process of making a performance work to take back to the schools. The children are the creative consultants for the work!  We will be touring the final performance work in 2018 to small theatres, schools, and museums.

For the Trailblazers Showcase on 10 May - Baptism in three songs has grown out of dancing and talking to people about their embodied experiences – Narrating Spaces. The piece has come from dances and conversations with women, particularly women in Flint, Michigan USA, who have not had running water for almost two years because of lead in the water system.

Find out more about the Ila project.

Find out more about Narrating Spaces.


What does working with One Dance UK mean to you?

Working with One Dance UK has meant a sense of support for the embryonic stages of my creative processes. These important beginning stages often do not receive support and funding because they are in their infancy. However, this stage of the creative process is vital for an artist.


About Adesola Akinleye

Adesola is a dancer, artist-scholar. She enjoys making work in collaborative settings and engaging with communities as starting points for the creation of dance. Adesola is the editor of Narratives in Black British Dance: Embodied Practices, which will be out by the end of the year. It includes chapters from over 15 artists and scholars identifying with Blackness, Britishness, and Dance.


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