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  • Session

    (UK)

    Still House / Empire Sounds / Steppaz

    Bernie Grant Arts Centre Courtyard

    This is a LIFT Tottenham Original commission which premiered as part of LIFT 2018

    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 Tottenham, 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.

    Dates: Fri 22 – Sat 30 June 2018

    Following its run at #LIFT2018, SESSION headed to The Station in Bristol from 27-29 July and returned to London at the National Theatre’s River Stage on 10 and 11 August. It will be touring to Brighton Festival as part of a national tour in 2019, find out more and book tickets here. 


    SESSION: The Journey

    'THE COMPLEX CHOREOGRAPHY, UNSTOPPABLE SPIRIT AND COMMITMENT OF THESE YOUNG PERFORMERS IS BEYOND IMPRESSIVE. LIFE AFFIRMING!'

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Co-commissioned by LIFT, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, Bristol Old Vic Ferment  & Pavillion Dance South West. Produced by MAYK and LIFT. Presented by LIFT and Bernie Grant Arts Centre. 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 (UK Branch), Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust. Images: Paul Blakemore
    Thank you to LIFT’s Commissioning Circle