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About Esie Mensah
“Through healing, that’s where change can really happen”
Esie Mensah is an award winning artist whose creative footprint extends into many genres, disciplines and regions. Using her voice and art to explore healing through storytelling. Esie’s mastery of storytelling is as diverse as her experience.
- → Public Speaker
- → EDI Consultant
- → Artistic Advisor
- → Educator
It was incredibly illuminating, inspiring and instructive to attend Esie’s eloquent and beautifully constructed talk, Conscious Creativity. Esie is a magnificent artist who is acutely aware of the potency of the creative act, and of the courage, vulnerability, and mindfulness required to support each artist present in the making and the sharing of performed artPeggy BakerPeggy Baker Dance Projects
The work and voice of Esie Mensah embody the critical conversations that speak to our history, present and evolving future. In the many years that I have witnessed her creations, spirit, abounding dedication to the human experience and ancestral acknowledgement, I'm aware that Esie Mensah is not only a beautiful force within our industry. She is power exemplified.Nicole Inica HamiltonArtistic Director of I.D.I / Producer, Turn Out Radio
Esie Mensah is a creative innovator, always bringing an interesting angle to her projects. Working with her is a pleasure as well as an experience of learning and self discoveryAlexis WoodDocumentary Filmmaker (CBC, VICE, BBC)
Esie Mensah, an exciting voice in Canadian dance and performance who continues to make work that is thoughtful and engagingRobert SauveyExecutive Director of Dance Umbrella Ontario
Esie is the real deal - an artist who has transcended and become the danceKevin AllwoodEditor in Chief KA Magazine - Fashion Designer
From working with megastars like Rihanna, Drake and Arcade Fire...
…to historic brands like Coca-Cola, TIFF and the Toronto Raptors, this powerhouse of a woman shows no sign of slowing down.
For her own work, Esie has committed to using Afrofusion to explore more personal narratives of her Ghanaian heritage, blackness, and belonging, and has created works ZAYO and the Dora Award-nominated Shades, a piece that uncovers the process of healing from shadeism in the Black community.
She was a featured speaker at TEDxToronto 2019, where she spoke about her experience as a dark-skinned dancer and the process of creating her Dora-nominated production Shades. Her short film, A Revolution of Love, opened Toronto History Museum’s ongoing Awakenings initiative alongside works by celebrity Chef Roger Mooking and Director X.
Her next short film, Tessel, made in collaboration with The Harbourfront Centre and Fall For Dance North features 14 black dancers from across Canada and will premiere online on June 1st, 2021.
As a choreographer, Esie uses each artistic opportunity to express her creativity through the art of movement and dance. She designs and directs performances that have inspired others to share in her innovative ideas.
- Caroline Or Change
- Fall For Dance North: Shades
- Prismatic Festival: Zayo
- Panafest: “Year Of Return Festival”
- DNJR “Upbeat” Music Video
- Francesco Yates – Man of the Woods Tour
- Shaw Festival: Venus’ Daughter
- CHFI “Mornings are a little different”, Commercial
- CHFI “Got your number”
- PanAm Games victory celebration, Panamania
- WE DAY Music Video
A dancer who excels in the beauty of human movement; she brings her aesthetic and lasting value to performing arts around the world. Esie Mensah has worked with some of the world’s biggest brand and icons.
- Janelle Monae
- Flo Rida
- Yemi Alade
- Toronto Raptors Half Time Show
- French Montana
- Steve Aoki
- WE DAY
- CBC: The Move Series 2
- Toronto International Film Festival
- Estée Lauder
- Arcade Fire
- Rocky Horror Picture Show “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”
- Jully Black
- Nelly Furtado
- Divine Brown
As a Movement Director, Esie Mensah works closely with directors, artists and performers to transform movement into a physical language. Esie’s work lends itself in a variety of production settings that includes theatre and television.
- Cavitites (Dec 2020 – Jan 2021)
- Shaw Festival: Victory (Apr-July 2019)
- Shaw Festival: The Russian Play (Apr-July 2019)
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (May 2018)
- 1837: Farmers’ Revolt (Feb-May 2017)
Speaker + Educator
As an artistic advisor and educator, Esie has been using her voice to bring more inclusive practices to the Canadian Dance industry through discussions, workshops and seminars.
See below for some of the schools and organizations Esie has worked with.
- Sheridan College
- The Royal Academy of Dance
- University of Calgary
- The National Ballet School
- George Brown College (Faculty member)
- Branksome Hall
- Healthy Dancer Canada