February 12, 2022

Kevin A. Ormsby and Esie Mensah

Double Bill

Canada

A double bill night of dance from two phenomenal choreographers who are in their prime. Ormsby’s message of resilience coincides with Mensah’s realities of the Black experience. 

An image of Esie Mensah

Ticketing Information

Price Overview: $20 – $95, Pay What You Wish

Venue Overview: Fleck Dance Theatre

Overview

Still…HERE…STAND

In Still…HERE…STAND, Kevin A. Ormsby celebrates his 35th year in dance and 43rd year in the arts by incorporating various aspects of the stories, lives, images and thoughts on blackness through dance. At the core of the work is an essential message: resilience exists in being black.   

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table is an ode to the complexities and realities of the Black experience. Choreographed by Esie Mensah, this solo performance is birthed from the tragedies that have occurred worldwide, and the important shift towards accountability. Mensah explores this reality of the Black experience with a live audience, allowing them an authentic seat at the table to listen and learn.  

Supported by TD Ready Commitment and the Government of Canada

About Kevin A. Ormsby

Artistic Director of KasheDance and Program Manager at Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Kevin A. Ormsby has performed with companies in Canada, the USA and the Caribbean. The Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award recipient and TAC Cultural Leaders Fellow has been a Guest Artist at the University of the West Indies (Mona), Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Northwestern University.  

Ormsby’s creative research practice through KasheDance’s technical approach to dance exists in the space of constant interrogation and navigation of Caribbean cultural nuances, all towards a methodology of understanding space in creation, research and presentation. He is on the Boards of Dance Collection Danse, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, and has served on the Boards of Canadian Dance Assembly, Prologue to the Performing Arts and Nia Centre for the Arts.   

About Esie Mensah

Esie Mensah is an award-winning artist whose creative footprint extends to many genres, disciplines and regions. As a dancer, choreographer, movement director and TEDxToronto speaker, Mensah brings her mastery in storytelling to audiences as diverse as her experience. From working with celebrities and musicians (Rihanna, Drake and Arcade Fire) to historic brands like Coca-Cola, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, TIFF, ROM, Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre and the Toronto Raptors, this powerful woman shows no sign of slowing down.   

 Although her origins are in dance, Mensah continues to evolve. Recently released, a digital short film, A Revolution of Love, follows a young Black woman as she grapples with the histories of her ancestors and the present-day violence ravaging her community. This work inspired her short film, TESSEL, co-produced with Fall For Dance North and Harbourfront Centre, which features the stories of 14 pioneering Black artists from across Canada, exploring the complexities of diverse movement and voice as a form of resilience. A featured speaker at TEDxToronto 2019, she spoke about her experience as a dark-skinned dancer and creating her Dora-nominated production, Shades. Mensah is committed to her purpose as a healer to bring more inclusive practices to the Canadian arts industry.  

Dates & Times

February 12
8pm

Venue

Fleck Dance Theatre

Queen’s Quay Terminal, 3rd Floor
207 Queens Quay West
Toronto ON M5J 1A7
Canada

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Keywords Dance