SESSION: the documentary
a work by Still House, Steppaz, Empire Sounds
Tonight we come together, to look each other in the eye and dance. We have the time and we’re making a space to call our own.
SESSION: The Documentary is a behind the scenes look at the Still House, Steppaz, Empire Sounds collaboration that toured the UK for two summers in 2018 and 2019.
A radical reclamation of young Black identity, SESSION moves between dance party, afrobeats gig and theatre. Led by an extraordinary ensemble of young dancers, it celebrates belonging, youth and the best of Tottenham.
Interspersing backstage footage, interviews with members of the cast and creative team with performance capture from the LIFT 2018 shows at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, the film is a testament to the work and impact of this remarkable show.
“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
SESSION is a LIFT Tottenham original. Co-commissioned by LIFT, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Pavilion Dance South West and Théâtre National de Bretagne.
SESSION is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. LIFT Tottenham is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust.
Tour Produced by MAYK in association with LIFT. National tour supported by Garfield Weston Foundation.
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 Production Manager: Mekel Edwards (on tour)
Film Direction and Editing: Dan Canham
Image credits: Paul Blakemore
Dates & TimesFriday 04 September, 2020 8:00pm
– Sunday 04 October, 2020