A person appears to be screaming or yelling as they sit on a chair in front of a yellow wall. There is a read door to the left and the image appears to be overlapped with another.
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Seke Chimutengwende in Conversation

Join our dance artist in residence Seke Chimutengwende for an online in conversation with Bluecoat's Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay to discuss his research into haunting & colonial histories as well as earlier projects.

Time

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Date

Wed 14 July 2021

Seke Chimutengwende is a choreographer, performer, movement director and teacher. He joins us 12th-16th July as part of his research into a new group choreography. The research explores ghosts and haunted houses as a metaphor for how histories of slavery and colonialism continuously haunt the present.

In conversation

Hear from the artist himself in a live online in conversation event with Bluecoat's Head of Programme Marie-Anne McQuay 6pm Wednesday 14 July. They'll discuss his research into haunting & colonial histories as well as earlier projects including the rise & fall of a mythical performer (Plastic Soul) and imagined landscapes & Afrofuturism (Black Holes).

Wed 14 July, 6 - 7pm. Free, booking required.

Some of Seke’s current references include the following books and films if you’d like to read or watch along with him:

Beloved by Toni Morrison, Zone One by Colson Whitehead, The Keep by Jennifer Egan, The Rats in the Walls by HP Lovecraft, A Penguin Book of Ghost Stories, The Weird and Eerie by Mark Fisher, Ghostly Matters by Avery Gordon, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams, The Famished Road by Ben Okri, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

And films such as The Haunting (1963), The Innocents (1961) and The Exorcist BBC Dead of Night series from 1972.

Find out more about his research here.

Previous work

Weaving together poetic text and movement, Alexandrina Hemsley and Seke Chimutengwende came together to retell the history of the universe from the big bang through to the universe’s death. Black Holes was part of MDI's LEAP festival at The Unity in 2018.

Artist Residency

We're delighted to host Chimutengwende this July as part of his research into a new group choreography. The research explores ghosts and haunted houses as a metaphor for how histories of slavery and colonialism continuosuly haunt the present.

As part of the wider project across June - August 2021 Seke will be undertaking residencies at Bluecoat, Dance4, Newstead Abbey and The Place, funded by ACE Project Grants. He will be joined by a group of 5 dancers - Natifah White, Rose Sall Sao, Rhys Dennis, Alethia Antonia, and Adrienne Ming - as well as dramaturg Charlie Ashwell for collaborative research time. Previous research residencies have taken place at The Place (Choreodrome), Battersea Arts Centre, Wainsgate Dances and Chats Palace during 2019 & 2020.

Click here to find out more about his residency at Bluecoat.

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