Yenka: Public Talk

for black female dance artists.
Presented by Funmi Adewole Elliott

AUG 19, 7 PM

Free by registration

This public talk and conversation reflects on issues related to the emergence, visibility and support of Black women in their dance work and practice.

Presented in partnership with Fall for Dance North and the Performance at the Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University.

Our public talk will be moderated by Nicole Inica Hamilton, representing our media sponsor Turn Out radio. Turn Out Radio is an innovative and engaging talk show which incorporates the latest in dance news within the national and international spectrum of current events. Conversations on the show provide an honest and transparent space to express lived experiences within dance and beyond.

Location: Rogers Communications Centre at the Catalyst, 2nd floor, Toronto Metropolitan University

YENSA Festival invites you to a public talk and conversation with Funmi Adewole (UK). The starting point of this talk will be an overview of the responses of black women in Toronto/Canada to an anonymous survey conducted by the festival. The survey asked the question: Aside from economic and financial issues – What areas in your dance practice which relate to you being a woman and being black do you wish to develop or require support in developing? The re-occurrent themes from this survey will be shared. Additionally, this talk will summarise some of the current discourse coming from scholars and artists of African descent and others from the Global South on the idea of decolonising artistic practice. This will lead to discussion about the overlap, if any, between the survey outcomes and this discourse. The talk will end with some reflections on the possibilities and options that the exploration of personal narrative can reveal, for developing your dance practice and network.