Alesandra Seutin is a dance artist based in London, born in Zimbabwe and brought up in Belgium. Her new work "This is not Black" explores her identity using dance, theatre, vocals, spoken word and song.
This short documentary about her was made by filmmaker Anton Califano who has previously collaborated on dance for camera projects with Alesandra.
‘Ceci n’est pas Noire’/ ’This is not Black’
‘Ceci n’est pas Noire’ is a mélange of dance, theatre, spoken word and song. It is the journey of a mix-raced woman down memory lane, a winding road between Europe and Africa. As perceptions of her change from place to place, she plays with masks, roles, attitudes, and highlights the idea that what you see is not always what you get!
The regal Alesandra is a commanding presence ****The Independent
Choreographer/Performer: Alesandra Seutin
Composer: Ayanna Witter Johnson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Nicolas Jaar and Raph Bounzeki (edited by Kweku Aacht & A. Seutin)
Producer: Kate Scanlan
Lighting Designer: Anthony Hateley
Dramaturge: Funmi Adewole
Rehearsal Assistants: Ingrid Mackinnon & Fire Warrior
Set: Indigo Blue & A. Seutin
Duration: 32 minutes
Alesandra Seutin is the Artistic Director of Vocab Dance Company. Established in 2007, the company is renowned for its multidisciplinary and outspoken works, creating distinctly Afro-European dance theatre.
In 2011, Alesandra Seutin was selected by icon Germaine Acogny ‘Mother of African Contemporary Dance’, to be part of the transmission of her technique. Alesandra is now the only UK dance artist to be a certified Germaine Acogny teacher/ambassador.
Ceci n'est pas Noire’ was supported by National Lottery public funding through Arts Council England, Greenwich Dance, WAC Arts, London Metropolitan University and IRIE! Dance theatre.