Timea Wharton-Suri, Curator
Vivine Scarlett, Founder
1000 Yonge Street
dance Immersion’s work is centred in Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario, Canada. We GIVE THANKS for the many blessings that have enabled us to gather here. We GIVE THANKS to the ancestors for the path they have paved and for the protection and guidance they continue to offer as we journey forward. We GIVE THANKS to one another knowing that we can only do what we do by working together respectfully and peacefully. We acknowledge that the land we gather on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This includes the many peoples, named and unnamed, who have stewarded this land before our arrival. The territory is the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably care for and share the resources around the Great Lakes. We are Treaty Peoples, including those of us who came here as settlers – either in this generation or in generations past – and those of us who came here involuntarily, particularly as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. We are grateful to be able to share this space with so many knowledge-keepers, including the courageous artists with whom dance Immersion collaborates every day. Àṣẹ, Aché, Axé
dance Immersion is a charitable non-profit organization established by Vivine Scarlett in 1994 to produce, promote, and support dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. We offer presentation, skill development, and networking opportunities for Blacks in dance, serving artists who practice contemporary and traditional movement forms from Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Europe.
Vision: To bring opportunity and inspiration to every dancer of the African Diaspora.
Mission: dance Immersion advances and connects intergenerational dance communities through producing, promoting, and supporting dancers and dances of the African Diaspora.
Artistic Vision Statement: dance Immersion’s curatorial and programming practice is driven by the rhythm cultures that continue to be developed around the world by African and African Diasporic artists. We present performance works and educational and mentorship programs that embody the fluidity of the past, present, and future, viewing a connection to cultural traditions as a grounding base from which contemporary expression can take root to fly. Our work connecting people is founded in the intergenerational nature of learning, sharing, and community. We platform artists with a view of passing on wisdom through art, and our medium is dance. May everyone touched by our work dance to the music of these universal rhythms.
We provide our services via three interconnected platforms:
- Presentation of dance works to the public
- Incubation of choreography by emerging and established artists
- Education for artists and communities of all ages.
Performance Facility Information:
We present our performances and workshops at various venues across the Greater Toronto Area.
Proposals for presentation or teaching opportunities can be submitted to the curator at email@example.com