Negus: Triumph: dance performance with Akeim Toussaint Buck & Muti Musafiri
30 July 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue Leeds Art Gallery
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About this event
Join us for an afternoon of movement and performance from acclaimed British-Jamaican performing artist Akeim Toussaint Buck, collaborating with dancer and spoken word artist Muti Musafiri. The work Negus:Triumph will be a performance in response to the exhibitions Shifting Perspectives and Charmaine Watkiss: The Wisdom Tree. The performance will embody the mood and energies that are evoked by the exhibitions, drawing you into a space of Afro-surrealism and Healing.
The title of the performance Negus:Triumph, references the ancient Ethiopian word bestowed on a sovereign ruler (or king) by the Negusa Nagast (or King of Kings). The performance will be a dialogue or conversation with the artworks in the exhibitions, conveyed through a world of dance, music and spoken word that takes attendees on a transformative journey.
Akeim Toussaint Buck is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, 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. Toussaint Buck’s intention is to create moving, thought provoking, accessible and free spirited projects. The work challenges, enlightens and entertains audiences and participants. Audiences are not just observers; they are implicit in the experience. The work aims to reflect on reality, looking at ongoing socio-political issues, with a humanitarian intention. Akeim is one of the creative associate artists at the Geraldine Connor Foundation in Leeds.
Muti Musafiri is a multidisciplinary artist and evolutionary activist breaking boundaries. Muti has a spoken word and dance background, after his training at Saltzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, he went on to tour with Avant Garde Dance Company performing Iconic works such Kudiata, Milk+ and the acclaimed Fagin’s Twist. He has appeared in Cats The Movie, Black is King , British Vogue, Vogue Italia and Music videos for the likes of Clean Bandit, Sampa the Great, Chiminiyo and many more. During the pandemic Muti founded Village 101 studios which emerged out of the necessity to revitalise local communities and culture at large. Repurposing abandoned buildings, turning them into dynamic learning environments and artistic production houses, pioneering a new wave of artistic development by cultivating communities that uplift local talent, and nurture the next generation of changemakers. Muti has been a guest lecturer/Speaker at Royal College of Art MA Fashion, Psy-science fair (science of psychedelic), Product Earth, Medicine Festival amongst other international platforms.
Photography credit: Theo Morris. Pictured: Muti Musafiri and Akeim Toussaint Buck.