SESSION is back for a new tour this summer

SESSION is going back on the road this summer, bringing some of that Tottenham magic on a national tour and to a town near you.

Session is the coolest and most joyful piece of art I’ve seen all year. Amazing young street dancers with killer attitude and live afrobeats and hip hop.
— Audience member

Produced by MAYK in association with LIFT, SESSION features live and original Afrobeats tunes from North London music producers Empire Sounds, hip hop and street dance by Steppaz and choreography from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Dan Canham and his team at Still House. SESSION premiered at Bernie Grant Arts Centre last June as part of LIFT 2018 before heading to Bristol’s The Station and the National Theatre’s River Stage Festival - gathering a whole bunch of fans along the way.

The complex choreography, unstoppable spirit and commitment of these young performers is beyond impressive.
— ★★★★★To Do List London
Thrilling. Makes you feel alive
— Bristol 247, Best Dance of 2018
Still buzzing like crazy from last night’s #SESSION. Those guys came out like full on superheroes. Awesome powers. Total heart.
— Audience member
Saw SESSION tonight. Amazing dancing from a talented group of young people. So much black girl magic.
— Audience member

The creative team have been working together for over three years on the show, which began during a LIFT residency that Dan Canham took part in during 2015. One of the performers, Kristal said: ‘SESSION is about Tottenham and sisterhood and how it brings us together… We’ve been through fire, stabbings etc and we still manage to come back together. So I feel that’s the unity part of the show, saying: Anything that we break down, we will always come back together.’

SESSION wowed audiences in 2018 with its infectious energy and its powerful celebration of diverse youth culture, of body positivity, of trust and unity:

You can catch SESSION at Brighton Festival this weekend (Thu 23 - Sun 26 May at 8.30pm) where it’ll be performed right next to the beach, there’s no need to book and the tickets are ‘pay what you can’.

The show then tours to the following locations, with a London location to be announced soon, so make sure you save the date:

Sat 6 - Sun 7 July Strike A Light, Gloucester
Fri 2 - Sun 4 Aug, London
Wed 7 - Sun 11 Aug The Station, Bristol (tickets on sale soon)
Thu 29 Aug - Sun 1 Sep Freedom Festival Hull

SESSION is the latest work we have produced with Still House, after the huge success of Of Riders and Running Horses which premiered at Mayfest 2015 and has since toured internationally. Our work with Still House is part of MAYK’s long-term artist development work with a diverse range of artists included Sleepdogs, Caroline Williams, Jo Bannon and Sam Halmarack.

SESSION is produced by MAYK. SESSION is a LIFT Tottenham Original co-commissioned with Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Pavilion Dance South West and Théâtre National de Bretagne. Tour produced by MAYK in association with LIFT.