Beatmotion workshop with Akeim Toussaint Buck
29 July 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue Leeds Art Gallery
Please book ahead for this event here.
This is the first of our hosted workshops exploring improvisation as a form of creative play, in connection with the exhibition ‘Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way’. For this free workshop join award-winning interdisciplinary performer, dancer and beatboxer Akeim Toussaint Buck to explore your own Beatmotion.
This workshop is open to all ages but any children under 18 must be accompanied by a supervising carer for the duration. If you are planning to attend with any children under 12 please email [email protected] after booking.
What’s the Workshop?
Beatmotion is a practice of voice/vocality and movement that Akeim started developing in 2015. It is a practice of merging vocal sounds with dance and has further developed into a sophisticated, fun tool for choreography and character exploration. Deconstructing words into syllabic forms, creating improvisatory compositions with vocal scores and seeking a deeper understanding of movement dynamics while communicating with vocal sound. It is always a joy and liberation to share this practice as it invites us to be open minded and challenge what our artistic expression can look like, sound like and feel like. Inviting an acute listening and connecting with fellow participants to create orchestral musicality in both our dance and sound, unearthing new dynamics to play with.
What level of dance/movement experience do I need?
You don’t have to have experience as a dancer or vocalist to do this workshop, just an open mind and curiosity to play. Wear comfortable clothes and bring some water, we will be shaking, throwing, flowing and sounding from our toes to the tops of our crown.
More about Akeim Toussaint Buck
Akeim is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Toussaint Buck has been involved in cross disciplinary projects working with a wide range of artists. His focus as a maker and collaborator is to combine expressive skills such as dance, writing and poetry, beat-box, singing and acting through performance and telling new stories that reach beyond existing dance audiences.