Thu 13 May
FREE but booking required
In this short interactive film, choreographer Alesandra Seutin invites us to explore the inner thoughts of a young black man as he reflects on the outside world’s perception of what he represents and the systemic pressures he endures on a daily basis.
After a pre-recorded introduction by Alesandra, you will watch the premiere screening followed by a Q&A with dancer Akeim Toussaint Buck who plays the lead role. This will be facilitated by Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham.
You will be able to submit questions during the event using the Q&A function. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session.
This event will be hosted through the video conferencing platform BlueJeans. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email to your registered email address (please check your spam folder), with joining instructions.
Please note that the audio description is not an additional track; instead, the facilitator and speaker will describe themselves and any key visual elements they refer to.
Inside Head is commissioned by The Place and Wellcome Collection.
Alesandra Seutin is an international performer, choreographer and teacher. She is daughter to South African and Belgian parents and was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. She grew up in Brussels and now lives in London. She trained at Laban and Middlesex University in London, and as a student of Germain Acogny at the École des Sables in Senegal. Alesandra has built a reputation for creating thought provoking and visually striking performances for small to large-scale theatres, as well as non-theatre settings. Her creativity is triggered by issues that address and reflect social, political and economic circumstances and with movement, voice and music, she shares stories that induce conversations.
Alesandra is the founder of Vocab Dance. Past company productions include Ceci n’est pas Noire , Temps Mort, Word!, So.We.To, Frusted, Atomic Sun and Kwenda-Kwenda, which have toured around the UK and internationally. Current works include Giant; an immersive dance meets arts installation duet for black box spaces and gallery spaces and a new group work Boy Breaking Glass, which premiered at Sadler’s Wells, London in October 2018. Alesandra is Guest Artistic Director for the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) 2020 -2021. The new work she creates for them will tour in the UK.
Akeim Toussaint Buck is an interdisciplinary performer and creative born in Jamaica and raised in England. Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2014, with a first-class honours Bachelor degree in Performing Arts, Akeim has been involved in multiple cross artform projects with a wide range of artists and communities from around the world. The aesthetic of his work combines skills such as: dance, film, poetry, beat-box, singing and acting. Akeim's work has been supported by organisations across the UK including Yorkshire Dance, Sadlers Wells and Arts Council England.
Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham (Facilitator) is an experienced educator, creative producer and a lead facilitator for YouTube. He empowers thousands of young people to better navigate the digital landscape – while also helping award-winning CEOs discover their own stories of transformation. Alain is founder of @BMTstories – an immersive live and online experience celebrating the “awesome everyday” stories of black men and women.
@BMTstories | alainclapham.co.uk
Times: Thu 13 May, 6-7pm (BST)
Duration: 60 mins