Black Holes

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."

“Alexandrina Hemsley and Seke Chimutengwende are darkness newscasters exposing the black holes in white history.”

Production details

  • Writer

    Writer: Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley
  • Choreographer

    Choreographer: Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley
  • Designer

    Rosie Elnile and Eleanor Sikorski
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

    4 (possible to be 3) with an additional personal access assistant in either case
  • Freight


    1 x LWB van (option to use locally sourced material)

  • Touring Availability

    From October 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    10m x 8m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    ZOO Southside,117 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
  • Production dates

    19–25 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity




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