Seke Chimutengwende & Alexandrina Hemsley
Dancers and choreographers Alexandrina Hemsley and Seke Chimutengwende have worked together since 2016. They explore the potentials and problematics of Afrofuturism by evoking multiple metaphors for being 'othered' and creating hopeful alternatives.
Hemsley makes her own work and is also part of Project O (Sadlers Wells New Wave Associates), who featured in Edinburgh Showcase 2015. Her writing has been published by SPILL Festival, Sick of The Fringe and as the foreword for Selina Thompson's 'Salt' (Faber & Faber)
Chimutengwende makes his own work and has performed with companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog. He teaches improvisation at many institutions, including London Contemporary Dance School. He is Choreographer for vessel, which is also in Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
Weaving together poetic text and movement, Black Holes retells the history of the universe from the Big Bang through to death. Amidst a variety of objects draped in many textures of black, Chimutengwende and Hemsley speculate on how to be with their bodies while carrying histories of marginalisation. Combining science fiction and personal narrative, this work experiments with politics, form, language and movement and is underpinned by a compelling soundtrack by Xana. It has been presented in the UK and Sweden.
Black Holes is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In the press
"Black Holes... offers a place for stimulation and reflection and leaves a valuable indentation in head, heart and space." writingaboutdance.com
“Alexandrina Hemsley and Seke Chimutengwende are darkness newscasters exposing the black holes in white history.” writingaboutdance.com
WriterWriter: Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley
ChoreographerChoreographer: Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley
DesignerRosie Elnile and Eleanor Sikorski
Number of people on stage2
Number of people in touring company4 (possible to be 3) with an additional personal access assistant in either case
1 x LWB van (option to use locally sourced material)
Touring AvailabilityFrom October 2019
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space10m x 8m
Text-basedDense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
VenueZOO Southside,117 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
Production dates19–25 AUGUST
Contact for touring
Rachel Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seke and Alexandrina have led a professional development workshop as part of LADA’s DIY 13 programme with National Theatre Studios, Unfunky UFO. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation this project became a DIY Progression project, which they facilitated a four day artists’ retreat for artists of colour to explore how their work journeys in dialogue with futurity. Under the series ‘we fly and we are made’, they have also facilitated other workshops (ICA), discussions (LAB, LADA, Stuart Hall Library) and an open mic night (Bernie Grant Arts Centre