Akeim Toussaint Buck & Crystal Zillwood: Souls and Cells

Akeim Toussaint Buck & Crystal Zillwood: Souls and Cells

April 11, 2022 Off By admin

Thu 23 June | 7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Souls & Cells is a poetic collaboration between two contemporary dance artists who met while training in Leeds and whose passion for dance and connection has brought together. 

Déda Derby’s Associate Artist Akeim Toussaint Buck and Crystal Zillwood invite us to explore their respective heritages and to look for the unexpected interconnections. An invocation of maternal ancestors and land, this hypnotic duet weaves together stories, song and ritual. Tapping into the body to find answers about what is universal and timeless.

* This performance of Souls & Cells will include a prelude performed by Dance United Yorkshire’s young dancers.

Workshops: The artists will be delivering free online movement sessions called Moving Together. More information here.

“An undemonstrative but highly articulate performer, Zillwood manages to suggest an expansive vision within a miniature work” Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian – on Crystal Zillwood’s ‘Spirals’

“This was the most extraordinary production I’ve ever seen in my life” – Alison Edwards, on Akeim Toussaint Buck’s “Windows of Displacement”

Artistic Direction: Akeim Toussaint Buck and Crystal Zillwood

Creative Producer: Joao Maio

Composer: Otis Jones

Lighting Designer: Barnaby Booth

Dramaturge: Eva Martinez

Costume Designer: Audrey Mae

Somatic Movement Mentor: Rosalyn Maynard

Choreography Mentor: Janet Smith

Filmmaker: Ashley Karrell

Supported using public funding through Arts Council England.

Co-commissioned by Deda Derby

Partners & Supporters:

Ashburton Arts Centre (Tinners Moon Festival)

Cove Village Hall

Dance Studio Leeds

Dance United Yorkshire

Deda Derby

Kala Sangam

Leeds Black Elders Association

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Sadler’s Wells

Swallowsfeet Festival

Trebah Garden


Thu 23 June | 7.30pm | Pay What You Decide

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