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Dance Film

World Premiere

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World premiere on June 1, 2021 | Available online until June 2022

NAC Dance is proud to co-present the world premiere of TESSEL, a digital short film co-commissioned Fall for Dance North (FFDN) and Harbourfront Centre. A national initiative conceptualized by Dora-nominated choreographer and creator Esie Mensah (Shades, A Revolution of Love), the film brings 14 pioneering Black dancemakers together in a vital conversation on what it means to be an artist in this moment. Premiering across the country by leading dance presenters on the one-year anniversary of Blackout Tuesday - a day when organizations worldwide publicly expressed their commitment towards institutional change to support the Black community - the film aims to amplify Black voices by providing a platform for the artists to share their truths.

TESSEL will be available for streaming FREE in Canada only by visiting:

TESSEL will include English and French subtitles and will feature the following dancemakers from across the country:

  • Eugene “GeNie” Baffoe, Winnipeg (Hip Hop)
  • Livona Ellis, Vancouver (Ballet)
  • Kevin Fraser, Vancouver (Contemporary, Experimental, Interdisciplinary Arts)
  • Alexandra “Spicey” Landé, Montréal (Street Dance)
  • Gabrielle Martin, Vancouver (Contemporary, Aerial circus/acrobatics)
  • Esie Mensah, Toronto (Afrofusion)
  • Raoul Pillay, Toronto (Jazz, House, Hip Hop)
  • Natasha Powell, Toronto (Jazz)
  • Liliona Quarmyne, Halifax (African, Contemporary)
  • Lua Shayenne, Toronto (West African, Contemporary)
  • Crazy Smooth, Ottawa (Streetdance)
  • Ronald A. Taylor, Toronto (Contemporary, Afro Caribbean)
  • Lisa La Touche, Calgary (Tap)
  • Ravyn Wngz, Toronto (Burlesque, Waacking, Vogue, Contemporary)

The creative team includes: Wayne Burns, Producer; Sonya Mwambu, Editor; Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, Spiritual Advisor; Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe, Composers; Meg Roe, Sound Designer; Kwasi Obeng, Assistant Director; and Nicole Inica Hamilton, Facilitator.

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Alexandra “Spicey” Landé © Esie Mensah Creations
Yvon Soglo © Esie Mensah Creations
Kevin Fraser © Esie Mensah Creations
GeNie Baffoe © Esie Mensah Creations
Livona Ellis © Esie Mensah Creations
Esie Mensah © Esie Mensah Creations