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Dickson Mbi


Performance Dates , Time + Venue

21 - 25 August, 12.30

Pleasance Courtyard (Grand)


Show Description

Winner of the 2023 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

A dancer of extraordinary power and grace, Dickson Mbi summons multiple identities in this mesmerising solo performance inspired by a life-changing journey to his ancestral home in Cameroon.

The symbolic presence of a two-headed snake, the tiger whose roar vibrated as part of a funeral ritual, the knowing touch of a blind elder … it was these unnerving encounters that profoundly affected the London choreographer during a recent trip to his family’s village. They have all brought him closer to the animistic practices of his African heritage and to the mystical place where they meet with his modern East End upbringing.

Enowate, meaning ‘truth stands’, draws on sinuous elements of hip-hop and contemporary dance in combination with original music and otherworldly animated projections. In asking the relatable question, ‘who am I?’, he connects with enigmatic forces to reveal himself and emerge from the shadows.

Co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells, The Barbican, Dance East & The Lowry. Supported by Arts Council England, Complicité, Daniel Bailey & The Bush Theatre.


Artist Reviews

"Extraordinary fluidity and control"

The Independent

"Powerful, mesmerising, haunting"

The Wonderful World of Dance Magazine 

Artist Video Media Presentation


Photo: Nick Thornton Jones & Warren Du Preez

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