Autograph is an annual developmental platform that supports established artists as they progress further in their careers. With the support of Serendipity and Dance4, the artists have developed their work to create new pieces for LDIF20. The artists presented in Autograph represent the exciting future of Black dance and highlight up and coming artists
Akeim Toussaint Buck: Sib Y Osis
Serendipity commissioned Sib Y Osis as part of BHM Live 2019. At Autograph choreographer Akeim Toussaint Buck presents the next phase in the development of this piece. Sib Y Osis is a dance theatre performance encapsulating a journey of contentment, play, fear, rage and
joy. It tells a story exploring an emotive journey shared by siblings living in a state of spirit and dance, opposed by a shifting environment of pain and celebration. Taking inspiration from historical and present systems of discrimination, activism and spirituality, this work draws power from the elating spirit to bring relief from the struggle.
Yinka Esi Graves: The Disappearing Act (work in progress)
In her first solo piece, flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves explores the constant play between being seen and invisibility. This work is created as a response to sites in Spain once connected to their Afro-Andalusian population. Although now forgotten, it is through this absence that Graves explores her physicality.
Choreography and Dance: Yinka Esi Graves
Mentorship: Ama S. Wray
Image credit: Yinka Esi Graves, photograph by Nina Sologubenko