‘We write our stories with the medium of the body, unearth a beginning, middle and end through movement and infuse them with raw emotions and explosive live percussion.’
LUA SHAYENNE & CO. presents contemporary and traditional African dance works that explore current subject matters with the aim to be a vehicle for spiritual and social progress. Choreographer and founder, Lua Shayenne draws on the aesthetics and values of traditional African dance and culture to create dance pieces that seek to upset and challenge multiple conventions and stereotypes.
LUA SHAYENNE & CO. promotes community development as well as cross-cultural exchange and collaboration with national and international artists. The company has presented two productions: Departure 00:00, a Danceworks CoWorks Series event (Lower Ossington Theatre - 2012) and Djaa at the Festival International Danse Encore (Québec - 2013). The company has also been featured in Canada’s major venues and festivals such as Dusk Dances, Dance ON Dance Weekend, Amnesty International’s Dance for Justice (Enwave Theatre), Kuumba, Irie Festival/Dance Immersion, Afrofest and more.