Alexandrina Hemsley

Crossing Borders 2019 | Anti-Racist Contemporary Dance | 3 Dec | 7-8:30pm
Centring artists of colour and their reparative/resistant/holistic anti-racist dance practices

This panel will discuss the structural racisms and racist silencing that operate in the contemporary dance sector. By centring anti-racist and decolonial works by dance artists and programmers of colour, the discussion will reflect on coalitional strategies for moving against and beyond the forms of racial violence and erasure that shape our field. It will be led by Alexandrina Hemsley, Rob Jones, Seeta Patel and Rajni Shah and facilitated by Royona Mitra.

This event is part of the "Contemporary Dance and Whiteness" research project funded by British Academy and partnered by Independent Dance.

It is free to attend through the support of the British Academy.


Alexandrina Hemsley (UK) is a dance artist and writer. Her practice is shaped by and insists on embodied enquiries into a multiplicity of voices expressing felt and embodied politics. She works across the morphing disciplines of live art, dance, dance for camera, theatre, mentoring, creative and critical writing. She is interested in liminal spaces, connectivity, fracturing, displacement and emotionality. She is continually attempting to conjure intersecting, gentle noise amidst oppressive silencing. It is a lifelong project. Her collaborations include Project O with Jamila Johnson-Small (2010 onwards, Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associates) and Seke Chimutengwende (2016 onwards) on Black Holes. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at Sadler’s Wells, Battersea Arts Centre, Southbank Centre, Chisenhale Dance Space and The Yard Theatre amongst others.