Esie Mensah is proud to present her production ZAYO as part of 2018’s SummerWorks Lab programming from August 9-19 at the Theatre Centre.
ZAYO is a memoir of dancer, choreographer and creative director Esie Mensah. This piece uses movement and dance to showcase the obstacles and challenges Esie has faced throughout her artistic career. It is a piece that pays respect and gratitude towards her mentors who have helped guide her along her journey. The combined elements of Esie’s drive and determination along with the encouragement of her mentors helped shape Esie into the person who she is today.
Along with being a memoir, ZAYO is also an ode to Africa with the exploration of Esie’s Afrofusion movement in a new, fresh and contemporary way. In the show her mentors will manifest in the form of tribes that would test her physical, mental and emotional strength. The spirit of ZAYO (means future in Zulu) is homage to honour her ancestors. It’s to honour her guides from across the globe. A channel of strength, love and dedication for the people that need to hear it.”
Dates: August 9-19, 2018
Location: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 3T4
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ZAYO was created, directed & choreographed by Esie Mensah; performed by Kwasi Obeng, Lauren Lyn, Daniel Gomez, Amanda Videla, Shaiann Roach, Benjamin Smalls; lighting and projection by Daniele Guevara
photo by E.S. Cheah