An Affirmation of Unity Between 14 Black dancemakers from Across Canada

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 Blackdance artists.

Premiering across the country on the one-year anniversaryof Blackout Tuesday (June 1) - a day when organizations worldwide publicly expressed their commitment towards institutional change to supportthe Black community - the film aims to amplify Black voices by providing a platform for the artists to share their truths.

TESSEL will be available forstreaming FREE in Canada only on tessel.film.

Featuring: Eugene "GeNie" Baffoe (Winnipeg), Livona Ellis (Vancouver), Kevin Fraser, (Vancouver), Alexandra "Spicey" Landé (Montréal), Gabrielle Martin (Vancouver), Esie Mensah, (Toronto), Raoul Pillay, (Toronto), Natasha Powell (Toronto), Liliona Quarmyne (Halifax), Lua Shayenne (Toronto), Crazy Smooth (Ottawa), Ronald A. Taylor (Toronto), Lisa La Touche (Calgary), Ravyn Wngz (Toronto).

Join TESSEL's director Esie Mensah in a Bantaba artist talk and community gathering, hosted by Toronto's dance Immersion and moderated (in English) by Nicole Inica Hamilton. Thursday, June 10,2021 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM over Zoom. Participationis free. Learn more and register here.

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.