An Esie Mensah Film – Streaming free across Canada as of June 1, 2021
A national initiative conceptualized by Dora-nominated choreographer and creator Esie Mensah (Shades, A Revolution of Love), TESSEL explores the complexities of movement and voice as a form of resilience – and to achieve truth and honesty in sharing its participants’ lived experience as Black dance artists. Premiering across the country on the one-year anniversary of Blackout Tuesday (June 1) – a day when organizations worldwide publicly expressed their commitment towards institutional change to support the Black community – the film aims to amplify Black voices by providing a platform for the artists to share their truths. TESSEL explores the complexities of movement and voice as a form of resilience – and to achieve truth and honesty in sharing its participants’ lived experience as Black dance artists. Agora de la danse is honoured to be supporting and co-presenting TESSEL along with a network of 21 Canadian performing arts organizations.
TESSEL is available for streaming FREE in Canada only by visiting: tessel.film
World premiere: June 1, 2021
A Fall for Dance North and Harbourfront Centre production
Co-presentation Agora de la danse, Canadian Stage, Citadel + Compagnie, Danse Danse, Live Art Dance, National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts, Ontario Presents, TO Live, Vancouver International Dance Festival.
With the support of dance Immersion, BC Movement Arts Society, The CanDance Network / Le réseau CanDanse, Crimson Coast Dance, dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival, DanceWorks, Dusk Dances, Guelph Dance, Public Energy Performing Arts, PuSh Festival