ABOUT

 

Toussaint To Move was established in 2015, founded by artistic director, Akeim Toussaint Buck. Akeim is an interdisciplinary performer and maker, born in Jamaica and raised in England. Toussaint To Move’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 on going socio-political issues, with a humanitarian intention.

Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first-class honours Bachelor degree in Performing Arts, Akeim has been involved in multiple cross disciplinary programmes with a wide range of artists and communities from around the world. The aesthetic of his work combines expressive skills such as: dance, creative writing, film, poetry, beat-box, singing and acting. Fused to create performances that tell stories capable of bridging the gaps between a variety of audiences.

Akeim’s movement interest has a myriad of inspirations, from Capoeira, Kick Boxing, Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Caribbean Dance, Hip Hop, Yoga and Release Technique. His performance focus expands from the physical to vocal expression.  Building on an interest in the voice’s expressive qualities, with current explorations of beatboxing and vocal improvisation.

The future is bright  @ToussaintToMove. New projects are taking shape and more partnerships are being solidified. Recent achievements include becoming Irie Dance Theatre’s, Artist in Residence for 2019-2020, becoming the Artist for Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance and Spin Arts’ Catapult 2019. An artist development program which host the choreographic and production development of an emerging artist. Thanks to Geraldine Connor Foundation where Akeim is an Associate Artist. Thanks to Arts Council England for continued support through public funding. Here is an artist you will hear more about, guaranteed to deliver work that moves you.

Welcome to Toussaint To Move.

 

CURRENT

WINDOWS OF DISPLACEMENT

SNAKEBOX | PLAY

WINDOWS OF
DISPLACEMENT

Windows Of Displacement is a dance theatre solo show. Working with dance, song and spoken word, Akeim explores diverse identities in today’s England. Using his own experience of being a Jamaican born citizen now a citizen in the UK as starting point, while further exploring both historical as well as current political and socio-economic references. Toussaint draws on the contexts of imperialism, colonialism and displacement to create a story of the past, present and future of humanity. Prepare to be taken on a journey galvanising people power and reclaiming our collective responsibility.

Commissioned by Yorkshire Dance Amplified and Northern School of Contemporary Dance through the Northern Connections programme, delivered in partnership with Spin Arts and Leeds Beckett University. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse and supported by The Civic, Barnsley and RJC Dance.

Special thanks to Amanda Huxtable, Zodwa Nyoni, Beth Cassani, Sai Murray, Janet Smith and Audrey Mae Bartholomew.

Windows Of Displacement has toured throughout England and is always looking for more bookings so please get in touch.

(image credit Ashley Karrell)

SNAKEBOX PRESENTS

PLAY

A spontaneous interactive, live creation inspired by audiences’ response and input. The audience and the performers, indulge their sense of PLAY, guided by Akeim & Otis in a safe participatory experience. Gathering information from the audience through games to transform the information into the performance in the moment. Expect song, dance and innovation in the open process of people creating together. Audiences leave with a gleeful joy and a sense of PLAY.

The development of PLAY has been supported by Leeds City College, Geraldine Connor Foundation, Dance Studio Leeds, RJC Dance and public funding by Arts Council England.

For booking please get in touch.

 (image credit Entheos Media)

COLLABORATIONS

SNAKEBOX
KULA ROOTS
I HOPE YOU FIND YOURSELF
GALVANISE
LEEDS SEEDS

SNAKEBOX

Snakebox represents an artistic collaboration between Akeim Toussaint Buck & Otis Jones. The duo met while studying at The Northern School Of Contemporary Dance, where they began exploring there interest in music and dance. They spent time at the school dancing, writing songs, composing music and choreographing. Before graduating in July 2014, they created a spontaneous interactive show called PLAY and in December 2015 they released a 4 track EP called Snakebox.

 The energy of the songs is of creative expression and reflective poetic observations. The songs are to take with you on your way and blast an injection of imagination and positive energy into you daily ventures.

Purchase and stream the Snakebox EP from bandcamp here

KULA ROOTS

 A collaboration between Akeim Toussaint Buck and Saara Jaffery Roberts. They lead workshops and urban retreats for all to experience movement and ceremonial environments to bring deeper connection amongst people in their respective communities /workspace /education facilities. Found on the ethos of creative practice as a form of healing arts and spiritual practice. They have been sharing these sessions around the world since 2017, starting in Brixton, London. Participants get to experience yoga, spirit songs from different Cultures, Dance, Meditation, Creative Writing, Earthflow and Contact Improvisation. Helping them to explore their body and creativity. Rooted in creative healing and transformation. The work is about diversity being an element of universal strength. Alongside the workshops the duo also create publications of poetry and artwork that you can find for sale through our instagram below… 

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I HOPE YOU
FIND YOURSELF

A short film collaboration with Cameron Fisher (Indiana, USA) and Akeim Toussaint Buck (London, UK).

Two soul brothers connected beyond this reality, expressing this unseen string between them, however different they may be their intention is the same.

Cinematography and Editing credit to Bee Smith and Michial Harris.

Music Nina Simone – Strange Fruit (Inertia Remix). Commissioned by GLOBALEX and black artists on the move.

GALVANISE

Galvanize is a short dance and poetry film. Shot in Leeds City Centre representing the diversity of the city, sending a message to the world. The film was made in response to the divisive fringes in society that we are all victims to, it is a rallying call to the masses. Made from support from Random Acts North in collaboration with channel 4, with funding from Arts Council England. Other collaborators on this project include videographer Adam Jaro, Otis Jones, on the music. Huge thanks to the people of Leeds making special appearances.

LEEDS SEEDS

“What didn’t you do to bury me? But you forgot that I was a seed.” This was a collaboration with visual and inclusive artist Anne Marie Atkinson. Also in collaboration were a group of children brought together from workshops we held in Hilcrest Primary School and RJC’ Mandela Centre in Chapeltown. Through dance and poetry we under took a creative journey into what the children imagine the future of Chapeltown to be. With help from the elderly in the neighbourhood the children learned what was there before. This helped generate stories to influence how they would see the future. The project ended with a guided walk lead by the children taking the audience to specific parts of Chapeltown to share what they found of the past and what they see in the future.We hope to bring this project back to communities very soon. We were funded by Leeds Inspired and commissioned by East Street Arts.

UPCOMING

BEATMOTION

Beatmotion is a dance theatre show exploring and dissecting the existence of patriarchal power and stereotype in our society. Looking at the discourse created between people, based on identities and situations. Using movement and the voice to unravel challenge and destroy stereotypical narratives. Arriving to the unwavering truth of humanity’s need for a communal way of life that accepts all the facets of being.

The development of Beatmotion is being supported by Spin Arts. This was sparked through the Catapult 2019 program organised by Spin Arts, NSCD & Yorkshire Dance. With on going support from Dance Studio Leeds. Developed with public funding from National Lottery via Arts Council England.

This work is still in its early stages and is slowly building momentum to becoming a very sort after piece of dance theatre. To support the work in anyway please get in touch.

(Image credit Ashley Karrell)

SIB Y OSIS

Sib Y Osis is a dance theatre performance encapsulating a journey of contentment, play, fear, rage and joy. A trio performed by two dancers and a musician. This is a story exploring an emotive journey shared by siblings living in a state of spirit and dance, opposed by a shifting environment of pain and celebration. Drawing on the feelings of oppressed people in the current reawakening of the political right wing. Taking inspiration from historical and present systems of discrimination, activism and spirituality. This work draws power from the elating spirit to bring relief from the struggle.
The development of Sib Y Osis is supported by Serendipity for their BHM Leicester showcase. With on going support from Irie Dance Theatre, RJC Dance and Dance Studio Leeds. Developed with public funding from National Lottery via Arts Council England.
This work is still in its early stages and is slowly building momentum to becoming a very sort after piece of dance theatre. To support the work in anyway please get in touch.

(Image credit Daniel Martin)

MOVEMENT DIRECTION

Far Gone

By John Rwothomack

“If I invited you to come with me on journey, a story, will you come with me?”

Northern Uganda. When Okumu’s village is attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), he and his brother’s lives are changed forever.

Far Gone is a profoundly moving story of a young boy’s journey from childhood innocence to child soldier. Seen through the eyes of those that love him and those that betray him, Okumu’s experience strikes straight at the heart through a powerful one-man performance.

Written and performed by John Rwothomack, this show was originally devised through Sheffield Theatre’s ‘Making Room’ and is directed by Moji Elufowoju, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatre’s Resident Company, Utopia Theatre.

Carnival Chronicles

Written and directed by Zodwa Nyoni.

Charting a love story spanning 50 years, from the Caribbean to Leeds, Melody and Cyril tell their story of migration, love, loss and celebration. Carnival Chronicles is embroidered with moments from Leeds West Indian Carnival’s half a century history and the accounts of the pioneers and community that brought Carnival to the city of Leeds.

Idol

by Jamal Gerald

Who would you rather pray to? Beyoncé or white Jesus?

Jamal grew up Catholic in a Caribbean household, but would rather light a candle and worship celebrities than white saints. Combining African diasporic ritual, music and storytelling, Idol is a spiritual journey that asks what happens when you don’t see yourself represented. Featuring a host of celebrity appearances.

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious and a celebration of individuality.

Far Gone

By John Rwothomack

“If I invited you to come with me on journey, a story, will you come with me?”

Northern Uganda. When Okumu’s village is attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), he and his brother’s lives are changed forever.

Far Gone is a profoundly moving story of a young boy’s journey from childhood innocence to child soldier. Seen through the eyes of those that love him and those that betray him, Okumu’s experience strikes straight at the heart through a powerful one-man performance.

Written and performed by John Rwothomack, this show was originally devised through Sheffield Theatre’s ‘Making Room’ and is directed by Moji Elufowoju, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatre’s Resident Company, Utopia Theatre.

Carnival Chronicles

Written and directed by Zodwa Nyoni.

Charting a love story spanning 50 years, from the Caribbean to Leeds, Melody and Cyril tell their story of migration, love, loss and celebration. Carnival Chronicles is embroidered with moments from Leeds West Indian Carnival’s half a century history and the accounts of the pioneers and community that brought Carnival to the city of Leeds.

Idol

by Jamal Gerald

Who would you rather pray to? Beyoncé or white Jesus?

Jamal grew up Catholic in a Caribbean household, but would rather light a candle and worship celebrities than white saints. Combining African diasporic ritual, music and storytelling, Idol is a spiritual journey that asks what happens when you don’t see yourself represented. Featuring a host of celebrity appearances.

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious and a celebration of individuality.

FACILITATION

EARTHFLOW
VOCALFLOW

EARTHFLOW

This is a class inspired by Contemporary and Caribbean Dance Elements, Release Technique, Animal Flow, Yoga and Capoeira. We will seek liberation and flow of our movement, by strengthening our grounding/connection to the earth and finding elasticity of our core. From shifting our weight in lower spaces of gravity, to slicing space, changing levels and textures of movement. We will integrate movement patterns and rhythms, travelling through the room. Inviting an acute focus, finding accuracy, breath and clarity. In an energetic and playful environment we will revitalise our senses, build strength, stamina and open our awareness as we move together as one in our bodies and as a community. Class will be accompanied by live music (beat box).

This class can be adapted to different ages and for all levels from beginners in dance to professionals.

VOCALFLOW

This is a journey of open forum, voice work, creative writing, collective creation and performance in an encouraging environment without judgement. Giving space for self-expression amongst peers. This is highly important as the lack of space to express our selves can lead to depression, anxiety and a loss of connectedness. This inhibits us from being our best and highly functional selves. Together we will explore our unseen connections and creativity. Creating a stronger bond amongst us for a safer environment to work, learn and live together. Using our voices and stories we can cultivate and create beautiful experiences to share with each other.

Nothing can inhibit this session. You need no experience or training, making this work suitable for all ages and abilities.

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