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Our work lives in our bodies.

Through the connective tissues of dance, writing, film, collage and poetry, Yewande 103 enables Alexandrina to resource, process, explore, share and advocate for multiple ways of embodied being.

 

She sees her company as a canopy under which lived experience is the guide for making.  

'Yewande' is Alexandrina's middle name. It means, 'mother has returned’. There is a tender determination and commitment to both uphold and further understand intergenerational, cyclical patterns of expression and repair. 
 

The company ethos blooms around an evolving central question of how to return to intimacy within continual, systemic harms. 

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What Matters To Us

Yewande 103  (Y103) is Black, disabled-led, neurodiverse, survivor-led, and parent-led. Alexandrina works in close partnership with Executive Producer Nancy May Roberts (Metal & Water), reflecting the sensibilities of our overlapping practices. As a duo, we are driven to enliven choreographic spaces, develop discourse and create atmospheres for movement based, access-led practice across dance, arts and mental health.

We see this work as embodied advocacy. We are passionate about sensitive, caring and inclusive frameworks with a particular focus on transforming the landscape for people of colour with long term health conditions. This approach is at the heart of all that we do. 


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What We Do

We instigate interdisciplinary projects within contemporary dance film and publications, alongside wider artist and producer development projects.  We also facilitate movement and creative writing workshops in community and social healthcare spaces. 

 
Yewande 103 is a place to apply and feel a nurturing touch. As if receiving a massage; a pressure that both holds and works, cares and demands, soothes and advocates. 
Our current season (2023-2025) converges around processes of change. Our strands, meeting points and offerings within this are:
  1. Creative Projects
    1. Film/ Moving Image
    2. Writing and publications 
    3. Bespoke invitations and commissions
  2. Maternal/Parental Advocacy
    1. Committee member of Maternity Voices Partnership Lewisham 
    2. Workshops in healthcare settings
    3. Consultation
  3.  Mediation
    1. Alexandrina is an Accredited Mediator having trained at London School of Mediation in October 2023.
    2. Our mediation offer created reparative, meaningful holding spaces to transform workplace conflict.
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Our Team

Alexandrina Hemsley

Founder and Creative Director

The company is led by Alexandrina Hemsley whose creative practice lands in the fluid spaces of dance, choreography, writing, facilitating and advocacy. Alexandrina interests are both enduring and in expansive states of flux – or just in connection/relation to the processes within life and within living. They deep dive towards the sensorial, the bodily, the multiple subjective positions of self – and self in intimate relation to self and other selves –  as ways to find breath and voice amidst the unjust and inequitable. 

 

Alexandrina works with intricate improvisation scores and vivid performance environments which insist on conjuring embodied enquiries into a multiplicity of voices. This includes work within organisations around anti-racism, anti-ableism and embodied advocacy. It is a life long, nuanced undertaking.

 

Alexandrina has performed and choreographed nationally and internationally since 2009. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at Sadler’s Wells, The British Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, Southbank Centre, Cambridge Junction, MDI, South East Dance, Chisenhale Dance Space and The Yard Theatre amongst others. Her critical writing has been published by Sick of The Fringe,  an introduction into Selina Thompson’s Salt (Faber & Faber), SPILL Festival and new publication exploring queering the future, Hereafter (Unbound). Other publishing includes The Silver Bandage (Bookworks) and LADA’s Live Art Almanac Vol. 5. Most recently, she has an essay, '‘Feeling My Way Through Several Beginnings’ in Performance, Dance and Political Economy - Bodies at the End of the World, Eds. Katerina Paramana and Anita Gonzalez (Bloomsbury Press).

 

Her collaborations include Project O with Jamila Johnson-Small (2010 onwards, Sadlers Wells New Wave Associates) and Seke Chimutengwende (2016-2019 ) on Black Holes. She collaborated with Rosie Heafford and Helena Webb on Dad Dancing (2012-18).

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Nancy May Roberts

Executive Producer

Nancy May Roberts co-holds the leadership of Yewande 103 alongside Alexandrina. Nancy holds more than 10 years of production experience across independent, commercial and community dance ecologies. Driven by the imperative of addressing the ethics of production, they are Inspired by dance’s potential to unfix binary modes of self, knowledge and power. 

 

Nancy holds extensive experience in senior dance production across a wide range of contexts. Their expansive experience ranges from setting up the dance studios product for global high-quality, low-cost studio brand Pirate Studios, producing the programme at Siobhan Davies Studios (including youth programme, primary programme, classes, courses & commissions) to leading the production of independent & commercial dance performance/film to initiating & leading on Dance Movement Psychotherapy & community dance programmes in NHS trusts & social health care settings.

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More About Yewande 103's Origin

Yewande’ is Alexandrina’s Yoruba middle name. It has been passed down the women in their family from their great-great-grandmother who ran away from slave traders in Nigeria. She hid, survived and lived until she was 103 years old. In Yoruba, Yewande means ‘mother has returned’.

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Work with us

We'd love to work with you on We'd love to talk with you about potential collaboration across our programme strands and upcoming projects.

Do get in touch.

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