As part of Wellcome Collection’s programme ‘What does it mean to be human, now?’ the two organisations have worked with the choreographers Alesandra Seutin and Es Morgan to explore the concept of caring for ourselves and each other during a period of global uncertainty and unrest.
Inside Head is a short, interactive dance film choreographed by Alesandra Seutin and inspired by the poem ‘Boy Breaking Glass’ by Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black female poet in the United States to receive a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The protagonist – the boy who breaks glass – shares his reflections on the obstacles he faces as a young black man and the outside world’s perception of what he represents and the systemic pressures he endures on a daily basis. Audiences are invited to follow his journey and select different interactive pathways whilst considering what choices are available to him.
Set to a musical score of vocals from The Boy, played by Akeim Toussaint Buck and lead musical artist Randolph Matthews, the 13 minute film includes creative captions and audio description that can be turned on or off.
The Inside Head premiere will be followed by a live Q&A with dancer Akeim Toussaint Buck, hosted by Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham, founder of Industry In The Streets (IITS) and Black Man Time (BMT). The film will be available to view for two weeks following the event.
In June Es Morgan premieres to feel something tipping, under and towards you, a continuously looping online film which explores trans embodiment, visibility and the transformative potential of live encounters The work charts a cyclical process of emergence and disappearance, of breathing, of being with others and being alone. It weaves together deeply textured poetry and movement.
The premiere will be followed by a live Q&A with the artist facilitated by Amy Bell, Artist Development Producer at The Place. The work will be audio described and captioned.