"We - the universe - come up for air from the dank cavern of non-existence” - Black Holes 2018
Weaving together poetic text and movement, Alexandrina Hemsley and Seke Chimutengwende come together to retell the history of the universe from the big bang through to the universe’s death.
Speculating on how to be with their bodies that carry histories of marginalisation and anti-blackness, Seke and Alexandrina combine elements of Science Fiction, and personal narrative to propel the personal and the mythic onto a cosmic scale.
Alexandrina and Seke began working together in 2016. Exploring the potentials and problematics of Afrofuturism shapes their collaboration. They situate their bodies inside shifting and imagined landscapes, searching for hopeful possibilities amidst the harshness of past and present dystopias.
Choreographed, written and performed by Seke Chimutengwende and Alexandrina Hemsley
Dramaturg - Season Butler
Set Design - Rosie Elnile & Eleanor Sikorski
Sound Design - Xana
Lighting Design - Simeon Miller
Costume Designer - Annie Pender
Producer - Rachel Rogers
12th November 2016
Scratch: Camden People's Theatre
23rd November 2017
Lecture performance 'The Age of the Forgetful Galaxies': Stuart Hall Library, Iniva
26th May 2018
Preview: WATCH OUT Festival, Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
21st June 2018
Premiere: The Place Theatre, London
7th September 2018
Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden
19th - 25th August 2019
ZOO, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, British Council Showcase
5th October 2019
Unity Theatre, Liverpool, Merseyside Dance Initiative
11th October 2019
Studio Session at NottDance, Dance4
Black Holes Audio Book: an adaptation of the stage show into an audiobook with a new, immersive sound world designed by Xana. Hosted by Deptford X.
Black Holes was Co-Commissioned by Cambridge Junction, The Place and Chisenhale Dance Space. Supported initially by a 2016 Seed Commission for BAME artists from Camden People’s Theatre and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Additional support from Trinity Laban and Greenwich Dance
Image on previous page: Jack Barraclough