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Many Lifetimes
A Community of Transforming Solos 
PREVIEWING on 28th June 2024 at Dance City.

About Many Lifetimes

A new work in the round by interdisciplinary dance company Yewande 103, accompanied by live music from Bianca Wilson and Femi Oriogun-Williams. 

Join Yewande 103 for a gentle evening of mesmerising solos and witness movement tenderly transforming between one performer and the next.  

Many Lifetimes is steeped in personal archives around change, loss, acts of remembrance and the passage of time. 

From Alexandrina:

I am offering a collective moment to witness solos pass between performers. An invitation to hold one another in our watching and our changing. To allow the detail of dancing, the hum and thud of heartbeats, the gentle transformations, the developing of constellations both bodily and cosmic.


Outside, there is a sudden, huge downpour. I am editing a poem and thinking through a new dance work. I am thinking through layers of change whether profound, minor, shocking, wanted. I am again drawn to flooding, being flooded, again sensitive and re-sensitising. I am again wondering about spilling but about gathering too.


My heart. The Ocean. Everywhere splinters.


An image I keep returning to within grief, is to hold my broken heart splinters in an expansive, new network so the task is less about mending and more about holding these pieces suspended in space, as they are; a net of grief and a net of love.


Many Lifetimes is a new live work in the round by Yewande 103 building on our body of work exploring dynamic cycles of loss and healing through watery symbolism.


All under a melting canopy.

Many Lifetimes will be in development throughout 2024 with rehearsals at FABRIC and Dance City. Commissioned by Dance City & Battersea Arts Centre. R&D has also been commissioned and supported by Battersea Art Centre

Creative Team

Concept, Creative Direction and Choreography: Alexandrina Yewande Hemsley

Dance Movement Collaborators: Pierre Babbage, Alexandrina Yewande Hemsley,  Rickae Hewitt-Martin, Greta Mendez, Rudzani Moleya, B. Solomon, Alice Tatge

Production: Metal & Water, Nancy May Roberts, Elsabet Yonas 

Sound Design & Composition: Bianca Wilson, Femi Oriogun-Williams, Ray Aggs

Set Co-Design: Rūta Irbīte, Alexandrina Yewande Hemsley

Set Fabrication and installation: Rūta Irbīte

Costume Design: Abiola Onabule

Costume Collages: Alexandrina Yewande Hemsley

Text: Alexandrina Yewande Hemsley 

Rehearsal Direction: Angel Dust 

Accessibility Coordinator: Sensoria, Saskia Horton

Audio Description - SoundScribe, Shivaangee Agrawal and Elaine Joseph


Special thanks to Chiron Stamp for design collaboration and to Frances Morgan for dance movement collaboration in the research and development period at Battersea Arts Centre. 

Special thanks to Ana Grotta and Reiss Dendie


Many Lifetimes has been commissioned by Dance City and the Gillian Dickinson Fund, FABRIC and Battersea Arts Centre. Additional development support has been funded by Art Council England.

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