At the Riley Theatre, COLOUR Festival
Part of COLOUR Festival 2022
Radical Visions is back!
After two sold-out, 5-star events at Sadler's Wells, multifaceted performing artist Akeim Toussaint Buck returns to Leeds to curate a unique night for COLOUR Festival.
Radical Visions invites people to gather to experience powerful, contemporary performance exploring race, unity, ancestry, and power. It intentionally commissions, showcases and celebrates artistic work and artists from the Global Majority while cultivating community and allyship.
This edition of Radical Visions includes performances from Gerrard Martin and Gateway Arts, with music by the dazzling Radical Visions house band plus spoken word by guest poets. Opening and closing ceremonies hosted by Muti Musafiri.
18:30 – House band + Food
18:50 – Opening Ceremony
19:20 – Gerrard Martin ‘Journey To Love’
19:55 – Interval – House band
20:05 – Interval – Spoken Word Artists + Akeim Toussaint Buck
20:45 – GatewayArts Productions ‘Saturn Returns’
21:45 – Closing Ceremony + House band
Akeim Toussaint Buck is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, Toussaint Buck 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, poetry, beat-box, singing and acting through performance, telling new stories that reach beyond existing audiences. Toussaint Buck’s intention is to create moving, thought-provoking, accessible and free-spirited projects that challenge, enlighten and entertain. Akeim is one of the creative associate artists at the Geraldine Connor Foundation in Leeds.
Written and directed by Sonny Nwachukwu, Saturn Returns delves into an astral projection reality where the characters of Ada and Obi take on forms of past, present and future lives.
Saturn Returns wraps modern psychological issues of being trapped in repeating self-destructive patterns within the spiritually affirming circularity of rebirth along family lineage that is a feature of Igbo mythology.
Through music, spoken word and dance, Saturn Returns contrasts Christian notions of redemption through suffering, with mystical notions of escaping the mortal realm through astral projection.
Includes integrated captioning
Image credit: Jack Thomson