Yorkshire Dance has supported Akeim Toussaint Buck to achieve his first Grants for the Arts bid for Windows in Displacement, creating a new live solo working with dance, song and spoken word and exploring diverse identities in today’s England.
Akeim will be using his own experience of displacement, being a Jamaican-born citizen now residing in the UK while further exploring both historical as well as current political references and contexts around imperialism, colonialism and displacement.
During the development of the project Akeim will be testing his work with live audiences at West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Civic in Barnsley, Pure Heart Centre in Huddersfield and Yorkshire Dance, using facilitated audience conversations to further inform the work’s development.
Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Akeim 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 across the region and the North of England.
Akeim will be supported by Yorkshire Dance during the development of Windows of Displacement through the Amplifiedproject, a two-year development programme committed to presenting work in new contexts and creating a dialogue between audiences and artists in Yorkshire and the North, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.