An Affirmation of Unity Between 14 Black dancemakers from Across Canada


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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 across the country on the one-year anniversary of Blackout Tuesday (June 1) - 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. Fall for Dance North is honoured to be co-commissioning and co-executive producing TESSEL with Harbourfront Centre, along with support from a network of 21 Canadian performing arts organizations.

Visit to watch the film and learn more about the creative team and artists involved.


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)


Join the Conversation!

Join TESSEL's director Esie Mensah in a Bantaba artist talk and community gathering, hosted by Toronto's dance Immersion and moderated (in English) by Nicole Inica Hamilton (co-host of our podcast Mambo)

Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM over Zoom.

Participation is free. Learn more and register HERE.

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