Making its debut at the Fall for Dance North festival, Esie Mensah
Creations’ SHADES re-examines the wound that is colourism – prejudice against a person based on the fairness, or darkness of their skin colour- inflicts on the Black community, specifically undoing the stitches in Mensah’s and six other dancers’ personal lives. Set against choreography and text, SHADES breaks the code of silence, compelling the audience to face how such brutality, whether on a global scale with colonization, or an offhand remark from a loved one, permeates generations. For Mensah, dance adds new ways to express awareness, pain, and healing.
SHADES will be shown under the IPP Program at 4 pm at Harbourfront Theatre