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June 1, 2021 Dancer Esie Mensah in fron to trees with TESSEL logo on top

An Esie Mensah Film


An Affirmation of Unity Between 14 Black dancemakers from Across Canada

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 Black dance artists.

Premiering today on the one-year anniversary of Blackout Tuesday – a day when organizations worldwide publicly expressed their commitment towards institutional change to support the Black community – the film aims to amplify Black voices by providing a platform for the artists to share their truths.

Citadel + Compagnie is honoured to be supporting and co-presenting TESSEL along with a network of 21 Canadian performing arts organizations – coming together to elevate Canadian dance through collaboration and community.

TESSEL is now available for streaming FREE in Canada.

TESSEL features: 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)

Co-Executive Producers and Lead Commissioners / Co-producteurs exécutifs et co-commanditaires

Fall for Dance North | Harbourfront centre

Co-Presented With / Une co-présentation de

Co-Commissioners / Co-commanditaires

​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

Supporters / Avec le soutien de

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