Tonight we come together, to look each other in the eye and dance.
We have time on our side and we’re making a space to call our own.
Made in collaboration with an extraordinary group of young performers SESSION is a battle cry and a love song, celebrating community, youth and belonging.
In this explosive outdoor gathering Still House join forces with Tottenham’s Steppaz Performing Arts Academy and North London’s Afrobeats powerhouse, Empire Sounds to create an exhilarating night of dance and live music where everyone is welcome.
Soaring up above the streets of the city, this visceral performance is part-gig, part-social, and part-dance party as it moves across hip-hop, contemporary folk and afrobeats vocabularies to create a new movement completely owned by its makers.
A work by Still House, Steppaz, Empire Sounds
Direction - Dan Canham
Choreography and staging - Odilia Egyiawan, Abena Noel, Dan Canham
Associate consultant & guidance - Laura Dannequin
Performed by - Steppaz Elites and Mini-Elites
Music - Empire Sounds - Josh Donkor, Mike Akrofi, Desty Engele, Tim Pabifio, Aaron Donkor
Company stage manager: Tanya Williams-Griffith
Steppaz CEO - Stacey McKnight
Production Manager - Ethan Hudson (Tottenham), Mekel Edwards (on tour)
Produced by MAYK and LIFT
Co-commissioned by LIFT, Attenborough centre for Creative Arts, Bristol Old Vic Ferment & Pavillion Dance South West.
SESSION is supported by Arts Council England. SESSION is a LIFT Tottenham Original, made in collaboration with artists and communities from Tottenham. LIFT Tottenham is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust.
SESSION is available for touring. Contact kate for more info.
The show's Crowdfunder was generously supported by: Jeremy Taylor, Helen Edwards, Kaite O’Reilly, Catherine Morgenstern, Joe Alessi, Stephanie McMann, Louise Tanoto, Thomas Dannequin, Flora Wellesley Wesley, Felix Hayes, Amanda Jones, Ruth Holdsworth, Isabelle Cressy, Ella Knight, Jessica Macdonald, Beth Powlesland, Phillip Zarrilli, Tanuja Amarasuriya, Craig Leo, James Wellesley Wesley, Liz King, Michael Vale, Ali Robertson, Victoria John, Peggy and Michel Dannequin, John Leader, Wendy Sherlock, Will Dickie, Charlotte Spencer, klhall90, Polly Davis, Tilly Webber, Jonathan Harper, Jennifer Bell, Claire Skelcey, Emma Rice, Tim Atack, Donna Martin, Emma Gladstone, Jason Darnell, Carrie Rhys-Davies, Lilith Wozniak, Lucy Tuck, Sarah Jane Murray, Carla Mendonca, Dom Lawton, Ruth Hecht, Jean Goubert, Seth Honnor, Olivia Winteringham, Fliss Cook, Parkey, Kate Bassett, Hannah Nicholls, Matthew Austin, Rachel Cartwright and a massive thank you to all of our anonymous supporters – you know who you are!
LIFT 2018, Bernie Grant Arts Centre – June 2018
The Station, Bristol – July 2018
National Theatre River Stage – August 2018