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Yewande 103 nurture tender,
compassionate, creative encounters.

Our work firstly lives in our bodies. Our form of embodied activism is
responsive. Themes of repair, loss, joy and intimacy define our work. We practice holding multiplicity and intersectionality by staying in creative processes.

'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 we do

Yewande 103 Yewande 103  (Y103) is a Black, disabled-led, neurodiverse, survivor-led, parent-led dance organisation founded in July 2020 by Alexandrina Hemsley. We foreground the overlaps between dance & mental health for our audiences & participants via immersive, accessible, nationwide dance. Yewande 103 nurture tender, compassionate encounters with creativity.

Yewande 103's programme takes shape in three strands

- Making and production of screen dance/ dance on film

- Artist and producer development- Participatory work in social healthcare spaces

- All strands attend to the survivor-led central research question of how to return to intimacy (individual and collective) after violence ( interpersonal, institutional, systemic).

What Matters To Us

Yewande 103 are passionate about enlivened, sensitive, caring and inclusive frameworks. This approach is at the heart of all that 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

Uniting these strands is our embodied advocacy for the inclusion and equity of diverse voices within the cultural sector; with a particular focus on transforming the landscape for people of colour with long term health conditions.