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Dickson Mbi


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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.

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Born in Cameroon, Dickson Mbi is a world-renowned choreographer, dancer and composer. Growing up in East London, Dickson discovered the popping scene and has since created ground-breaking hip-hop & contemporary dance performances.

Dickson has created major choreographic works for himself and for leading international companies. He has worked with artists in many genres such as Russell Maliphant, Robbie Williams, Corrine Bailey-Rae and the Black-Eyed Peas. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the UK’s leading dance venue, commissioned Street to Stage about Dickson’s artistic journey for BBC4’s Danceworks series.


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