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Daniels Spectrum

585 Dundas Street East

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


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YENSA Festival PASS includes 3 days of dance - Aug 26-28 with Two Evening Shows and our Atsia Circle!

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YENSA Festival Pass - August 26-28

The Yensa Festival Pass provides full access for TWO electrifying nights of dance in TWO unique programs, each featuring three different solo artists and companies from the UK, Montréal and Toronto, followed by our ATSIA Circle - a live dance and drum celebration with guest artists and dancing for everyone.

  • Friday August 26 YENSA dance program ONE features:
    • Jaz Fairy J Simone "Open Light" (Toronto)
    • Artists in Motion (AIM) "Our Stories" extract of ‘Ashes’ (Toronto)
    • Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) "Kira the Path / La Voie" excerpt (Toronto)
  • Saturday August 27 YENSA dance program TWO features:
    • Funmi Adewole Elliott "The Blind Side" (UK)
    • Esie Mensah "A Seat at the Table" (Toronto)
    • Ekspresyon "Contraste" (Montreal)

Program Length: approx. 80 Minutes for each Evening Performance

  • Sunday August 28 YENSA Festival's ATSIA Circle will feature guest artists Ranzie Mensah (Ghana/Italy), Fara Tolno (Guinea/US), King Chino, Cécé Haba, N'deré Headley-Lindsay, Collette 'Miss Coco' Murray and many more; followed by a live dance and drum celebration.  In the Ewe language (Ghana), atsia means "style" or "to display".
  • Wear comfortable clothing to dance in
  • Percussionists are welcome ( bring your own djembe)

As part of the festival, you will also have access to a curated PHOTO EXHIBIT in the ARTSCAPE LOUNGE.

Location: Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON, M5A 2B7

To learn more about these artists, please visit our website at

*Programming subject to change.


YENSA Festival, produced by Lua Shayenne Dance Company, is an international biennial festival that celebrates the work of women in dance, from African and Afro diasporic culture.

YENSA Festival invites audiences to engage and celebrate with us the incredible evolution of Black dance, have conversations about the diversity of African Diasporic aesthetics, its histories and politics from a female perspective.

Visit our website to see the full festival schedule and lineup at


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