An Affirmation of Unity Between 14 Black dancemakers from Across Canada
A national initiative conceptualized by Dora-nominated choreographer and creator Esie Mensah (Shades, A Revolution of Love), TESSEL explores the complexities of movement and voice as a form of resilience – and to achieve truth and honesty in sharing its participants’ lived experience as Black dance artists.
Premiering across the country on the one-year anniversary of Blackout Tuesday (June 1) – 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. dance: made in canada/fait au canada is honoured to be supporting and co-presenting TESSEL along with a network of 21 Canadian performing arts organizations, including lead commissioners and co-executive producers Fall for Dance North and Harbourfront Centre.
The film features Black dance artists of diverse genres from across Canada, placing a spotlight on their vital role and purpose in our artistic community. This momentous project is intended to be a journey towards change, and an archive of Canadian Black excellence.
TESSEL is available for streaming FREE in Canada only by visiting: tessel.film
Eugene “GeNie” Baffoe (Winnipeg), Livona Ellis (Vancouver), Kevin Fraser, (Vancouver), Alexandra “Spicey” Land (Montr al), Gabrielle Martin (Vancouver), Esie Mensah, (Toronto), Raoul Pillay, (Toronto), Natasha Powell (Toronto), Liliona Quarmyne (Halifax), Lua Shayenne (Toronto), Crazy Smooth (Ottawa), Ronald A. Taylor (Toronto), Lisa La Touche (Calgary), Ravyn Wngz (Toronto)
August 20 @ 8:00 am - September 28 @ 5:00 pm