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ADAD (Association of Dance of the African Diaspora)

ADAD and Trinity Arts, with support from Theatre Bristol, are offering places for ten artists to participate in or observe a participatory performance of Dr Adesola Akinleye’s ‘Light Steps’ work alongside a local Early Years setting, on Friday 6 November at Trinity Arts.
Light Steps will be followed by a presentation / Q&A with Adesola.

Light-Steps was previewed in 2014 at the Turner Contemporary, Margate. It is a production especially catered for children (aged 3+) and family audiences. It takes inspiration from the work by artist Spencer Finch called; The Skies can’t keep their secret, which was exhibited at the Turner Contemporary, Margate in the summer of 2014 as part of the Summer of Colour season.

The audience follows the story of a doll named Alex, starting at sunrise and ending at sunset. Spectators are guided through the day, experiencing it through Alex’s eyes, following as if in a dreamlike state, observing the movements and changing light and the effect it causes within each moment. Live music builds upon it self to frame to movement and ads and extra sensory element, whilst fabrics help to bring the piece to life.

Who this is for: Dance and Movement Artists with an interest in

  • Devising work for Early Years and families 
  • Devising in response to visual stimuli 
  • Working with Live Music 
  • Participatory Performance 

About the Artist: British born Akinleye trained at the Arts Educational School, London and The Rambert Academy but began her professional career as a dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem (USA). As a performer she has gone on to work with Union Dance Company and Carol Straker Dance Company (UK).
Choreographically, Akinleye studied choreography with mentor Bessie Schönberg and has been awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award in 2006 and a Trailblazers Fellowship by the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD). Akinleye was awarded Woman of the Year 1999 for ‘Distinguished achievement in the field of community dance’ for her work for children by the Town of Islip, Long island, New York.
Adesola is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). She holds a PhD from Canterbury Christ Church University, Social and Applied Science, Sports and Exercise Science and a Masters of Arts with Distinction in Work Based Learning – Dance in Education and Community from Middlesex University.

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