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Dance Double Bill: Yinka Esi Graves and Maya Taylor

May 8 @ 7:45 pm

£16 – £18

Two exciting new pieces of dance from two change making choreographers. In her first solo piece, flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves explores the constant play between being seen and invisibility in The Disappearing Act. Maya Taylor returns with a new solo featuring her high energy and unique style of choreography, now familiar on stage and screen.

Maya Taylor 
Shape | Shifter
Shape | Shifter is a new work by American choreographer, Maya Taylor, exploring the strain she has often felt to assimilate as a mixed race woman. Set to various tracks by Grace Jones, the solo unravels/illuminates Maya’s journey as she works to defy the echo chamber of perceptions that have haunted her from adolescence to womanhood. Throughout the work she searches for a renewed, self-actualized version of herself with a clear sense of identity, created on her own terms.
(Copy Credit: Anna Iosipiv and Maya Taylor)
Yinka Esi Graves
The Disappearing Act
The Disappearing Act is a solo exploration of the ways in which Black women articulate their resistances to negation. Yinka is particularly interested in methods of camouflage and mimicry that insidiously seep into the intimate realm. Asking what the real cost of being viable is in a system that has only ever seeked to exploit or at best commodify you. The notion of crypsis, the ability an animal has to avoid observation or detection by other animals, as a predation strategy or an antipredator adaptation, is integral to the work.

Dance Double Bill: Yinka Esi Graves and Maya Taylor is part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF), an annual international dance festival produced by Serendipity.  The festival features performances, discussions, workshops and a conference exploring dance as a medium for positive change.


Image credit – Yinka Esi Graves photography by Miguel Angel Rosales
Image Description –  A black and white image of a woman on a beach in pose stood on one leg with one arm pointing up.


May 8
7:45 pm
£16 – £18
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United Kingdom


0116 257 7316


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