Re:generations 4 - Thank you's
Thank You Canadian Contingency at
Re:generations 4. Diasporic Dance: Legacies of Imagination Conference
A huge THANK YOU to the Canadian Contingency who joined us at
The Re-generations 4 conference in Birmingham, UK.
We are so proud of you all, and thank you for participating.
Continue to create, inspire and explore.
Special thanks to the Canadian Contingency: KasheDance, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, Esie Mensah Dance, Roger Sinha, John Alleyne, & Company Virtu'O.
Huge thanks to Dancers: Alyssa Petrolo, Bretonie Burchell, Marie Lambin-Gagnon, Jasmyn Fyffe, Jonelle- Shevon Abrams, Percy Anane- Dwumfour, Daniel Gomez- Recinos, Lauren Lyn, Esie Mensah, Kevin Ormsby, Tereka Tyler-Davis, Shakeil Rollock, Yui Ugai, Gabriella Parson, Ghislaine Dote, Jenny Brizard, Rosalie Famelart, Mohamed N'Diaye, Emilie Tremblay, & Francois Richard.
To our UK partners - One Dance UK, MAC Birmingham, Irie Dance Theatre, DeMonfort University Leicester.
Thank you to
Canada Council for the Arts for supporting us
Re:generations 4. Diasporic Dance: Legacies of Imagination
3-5 November 2016
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham, UK
Don’t miss a great opportunity to network, dialogue, see work and experience artistic diversity in an environment where you can expand your knowledge around dance. Re:generations is a UK-based academic and artistic conference dedicated to shared practice, research and international perspectives in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora. The conference is being supported by a number of UK and international partners which includes: One Dance UK, IRIE! dance theatre, De Montfort University, ACE Dance and Music, dance Immersion and independent consultants. Events include key note speeches, workshops, showcase performances, debates, panels, academic paper presentations and digital presentations from the UK, Canada, USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa
2016 Conference Themes
The conference sessions and performances will address the theme of Diasporic dance: Legacies of Imagination. By offering opportunities to reflect on the heritage, legacies, histories, geographies, places and spaces of dance of the African Diaspora, the conference aims both to celebrate the achievements of elders and foster the talent of a new generation of dance practitioners and of new dance scholars.
Delegates can expect to explore the following sub themes:
- Youth dance work, training, and inter-generational dialogues.
- Heritage and Digital Art.
- Women and the dance profession, i.e. diasporic or street dance forms.
- Health and Well-being.
- New approaches to creating histories of Breaking, street, old school and other popular and social forms, the development of African Peoples Dance, histories of interactions between African, Caribbean, and Western contemporary dance.
- International dialogues – with the African Continent, with the Caribbean, with other European countries, with USA and Canada.
One of dance Immersion's latest initiative has been contributing to the planning of The 2016 Re: generations Conference taking place inBirmingham, UK from November 3rd to 5th. The Re: generations Conference is a UK-based academic and artistic conference dedicated to shared practice, research and international perspectives in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora. The 2016 conference is being supported by a number of UK partners which includes: Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) , IRIE! Dance Theatre, DeMontfort University, ACE Dance and Music and independent consultants. ADAD isnow a part of One Dance UK. A new industry body formed in April 2016 bringing together four key dance organisations: ADAD, Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England (YDE). The 2016 conference theme is " Legacies of Imagination " and through support from the Canada Council for the Arts, dance Immersionhas curated a contingency of 22 individuals who will participate as performers, panel speakers, conduct lecture/demonstrations, or teach a master. This intergenerational group of artists represent diverse styles and expressions from a Canadian perspective. The Canadian contingency is made up of: John Alleyne (Montreal), Ghislaine Dote with Roger Sinha (company Virtu’O Danse - Montreal), Jasmyn Fyffe (company Jasmyn Fyffe Dance- Toronto), Esie Mensah (company The Blackstars - Toronto), Kevin Ormsby (company KasheDance -Toronto), and Vivine Scarlett (Toronto).
John Alleyne (Montreal) was born in Barbados and immigrated to Canada in 1965. After graduating from The National Ballet School in Toronto in 1978, he joined the Stuttgart Ballet where he began his choreographic career, creating numerous compelling works for the Noverre workshop and the company’s repertoire. After his return to Canada in 1984, he joined The National Ballet of Canada as a First Soloist, accepting the position as the company’s resident choreographer from 1990 to 1992. Alleyne was appointed Artistic Director of Ballet BC in 1992, where he created one act and full-length ballets to expand Ballet BC’s contemporary ballet repertoire. Alleyne implemented assertive outreach strategies for strengthening the company’s identity locally, nationally and internationally. He developed collaborative approaches to choreographing and presenting contemporary work, evolving a signature Ballet BC style, and actively encouraged artists from various mediums to partake in the spirit of creativity and innovative thought inherent within the company. Dedicated to the development of his craft, Alleyne’s choreography is noted for its technical complexity and innovative expansion of the classical ballet lexicon. During his tenure at Ballet BC, Alleyne developed audience awareness and greater accessibility and appreciation of dance through numerous community outreach initiatives and educational programs, which directly supported the environment of innovation and creativity inside the company dynamic.
Esie Mensah (Toronto) - is a Canadian multi-disciplinary performing artist and choreographer. Since successfully graduating from George Brown in 2007 Esie has built an extensive resume becoming the most successful student since the inception of the Commercial Dance program. Her immense talent, larger than life stage presence and personality have captivated audiences all around the world. She continues to be one of the most sought after dancers in the industry with appearances in the Walt Disney “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”, Coca Cola’s “Freestyle” commercial and Shawn Desman's movie Alive. Esie has danced with industry icons Janelle Monae , Marianas Trench, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, Jully Black, Deborah Cox, Anjulie and Cascada. Her Afro House choreography debuted on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Recently she’s choreographed a music video for Blake McGrath’s new single “Heaven”. In 2012 she partnered with World Vision Canada to choreograph a youth musical about the economic imbalances in our society entitled “The Other Side of the River”. She was the recipient of the 2014 Black Canadian Best Contemporary Dance Act. She has performed on stage with the hit South African musical Umoja and spent six months in China performing on live television with recording artists across the country. Esie is the co-choreographer of Artists in Motion, and a fan favorite of the traditional African company Lua Shayenne & Co." http://esiemensah.com/
Jasmyne Fyffe (Toronto) - is making her mark on the Toronto dance scene as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A choreographer described as “Alvin Ailey meets street dancer,” (Allan Ferguson – Director: Nelly Furtado Music Video), her work is created within a movement style that is an eclectic blend of her versatile training background while maintaining a strong contemporary foundation. Jasmyn has performed in the touring musical UMOJA and has danced for Grammy Award winning artist Nelly Furtado. In 2012, Jasmyn was nominated for the first ever Young Center Dance Awards, she sits on the faculty for the Toronto Pre-professional Scholarship Dance Program (Lindsay Ritter) and was delighted to be a guest choreographer and Mentor for Dare to Dance 2012 and proudly had the opportunity to dance in Washington, D.C. at an inaugural event. Most recently, one of Jasmyn Fyffe's works entitled 'Pulse', was selected to be presented in the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival this past June and was quite successfully remounted for the show! This year Ms. Fyffe has also co-choreographed and co-produced the highly the dance-theatre show “Gimme One Riddim” with fellow choreographer Natasha Powell and will be remounting the show in early 2014. “She’s a young artist whose body of work is developing in a style all her own.” (Sway magazine – Anya Wassenberg)http://jasmynfyffe.weebly.com/
Ghislaine Dote (Montreal) - Originally from the Central African Republic, Ghislaine Koyere Dote is a dancer, choreographer and Composer. Since she completed her BA in contemporary dance in Montreal (2002) she has been a choreographer and composer of the music for her pieces. Her first piece L’amentation (2002) was praised by both Montreal and Toronto dance critics. Her solo piece, Performance (2004) caught the eye of Montreal dance critic and writer Aline Apoltolska. Male de femme (2006), a piece dedicated to women, touched the Montreal public. In November 2007, she produced the event About Black Dance in which she premiered a new version of L’amentation entitled Variations sur Lamentation. As a dancer, Ghislaine’s broad view of dance has allowed her to have experience in both the contemporary field and the entertainment field. She has worked as an apprentice for the Van Grimde Corps Secret Company (fall 2004). In 2005, after being noticed by journalist and writer Aline Apoltolska, the latter asked her to perform and compose the music of Du vent, a dance and literature piece. She has also worked with company Flak (Jose Navas, 2007) and was recently hired by the Sinha Danse Company (Roger Sinha, 2007). Her experience in the entertainment field involves: Festival Just for Laughs, TVA Show, On a pas toute la soiree, Cirque du Soleil, African music group Laobe, and since 2008, Luc Plamondon’s Rock Opera Starmania. http://ghislainedote.com/
Roger Sinha, Artistic Director, choreographer and dancer founded Sinha Dance in 1991. Roger Sinha was born in London, England, of an Armenian mother and an Indian father. In 1968, when he was 8 years old, his family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This newfound culture collided with the two others and this started his quest for his identity which has been the source of his work as an artist .He founded Sinha Danse in 1991. Through his artistic journey, he has created over 20 shows. He has presented his works nationally and internationally, using the universality of the body to explore cultural harmony, and the dissonance and tensions created by the collision of East and West. Beautifully expressive mudras and the rhythmically complex footwork of Indian dance combine with the full body movements of modern, ballet and the martial arts. The 2013 season was marked by the success of the piece SUNYA, an interdisciplinary creation of Sinha Danse, the Ensemble Constantinople and the visual artist Jérôme Delapierre. Sinha creates once again a hybrid universe, somewhere between his indian heritage and a definitive contemporary body language. Danse Danse presented the piece in opening night at Place des Arts (La cinquième salle) in Montreal. SUNYA was also presented in Nainaimo, Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto (Fleck Dance Theatre) and was a part of the « Conseil des Arts de Montréal en tournée » 2014-2015. In 2014, Roger completed a new piece about bullying for a teenager’s audience. Hi5 Lo5, wifi takka takka dhim. The piece is presented as part of the « Conseil des Arts de Montréal en tournée » for the 2015-2016 season. The last creation of Roger Sinha, MoW! (Montre(olly)Wood), involves professional dancers and a hundred of volunteer citizens. MoW! is a creation of about twenty five minutes where the aesthetic of Roger Sinha meets Bollywood dance style. The show was presented on July 1 in Longueuil for the Canada Day, in front of over 1,000 spectators, and July 2, Place Charles-Le Moyne. Roger Sinha has also participated in numerous commissions such as Tono of Toronto-based company Red Sky Performance, which was co-choreographed with Sandra Laronde and presented in both the Beijing and the Vancouver Olympics and the Canadian Pavilion in Shanghai. He is is also a writer and filmmaker; winner in 2010 of the popular vote for his film Haters ‘n Baiters : The culture collision for the Radio Canada International Roots competition at RCI.
Kevin A. Ormsby (Toronto) - Artistic Director of KasheDance, works independently as an Arts Marketing Consultant, dance teacher, choreographer, and movement coach. He started his training at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in the Dance and Drama Departments and continued his career with Ballet Creole, Ron A. Taylor Dance among others in Toronto and has performed in the works of Ron K. Brown, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Gesel Mason and Allison Cummings. A company member with Garth Fagan Dance (New York) for six years, Kevin further developed his artistry and passion for dance. He is the Dance Animateur at the Living Arts Centre, a Consultant for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), and a member of Wind in the Leaves Collective. A passionate advocate of Dance Education, writing and outreach, he has presented papers and sat on panels in the US, Caribbean, Canada and has been published in “ Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come” (2012). He is on the Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Committee and also lends his efforts as Chair of the Dance Companies’ Standing Council at Canadian Dance Assembly. http://www.kashedance.com/
Vivine Scarlett (Toronto) - is an administrator, choreographer, and instructor, whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance. She is Founder and Program Director fordance Immersion, an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora while providing a number of diverse programs for children and adults. As former Artistic Director and performing member of the Usafiri Dance & Drum Ensemble, Vivine created and presented works in both traditional influenced African and contemporary African dance styles. Vivine’s contributions to the field of dance are generated from an energy that has fuelled her passion leading her on a journey for over 34 years of giving and serving through the arts. Drawn to all kinds of dance expressions and movement, Ms. Scarlett’s passion has manifested many experiences that have served Canadian artists of African descent with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation. Vivine is the recipient of the 2011 Planet Africa Heritage Award received for her contributions. In 2008 she received a Chalmers Arts Fellowships to work with youth in Ghana, West Africa. Her choreographic endeavours in the theatre production of "The Adventures of a Black Girl in search of God" won her a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2002 and her work in "The Freedom of dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela" received a Dora nomination in 2003. Ms. Scarlett is the 2005 K.M. Hunter Dance Artist award winner and has taught for numerous institutions and organizations throughout Canada. She continues her creative explorations as a freelance choreographer.