Described by the Toronto Star as a “group of gifted, fearlessly energetic young dancers”, LUA SHAYENNE DANCE COMPANY (LSDC) presents dance works that explore current subject matters with the aim to be a source of social good and spiritual progress. Choreographer and founder, Lua Shayenne, draws on the aesthetics and values of West African dance and culture and creates dance pieces that seek to upset and challenge multiple conventions and stereotypes.
LUA SHAYENNE DANCE COMPANY promotes community development as well as cross-cultural exchange and collaboration with national and international artists.
Since its inception in 2011, LSDC has presented five productions including Djaa, the Drought (Arts in the Parks, Toronto - 2016), Hybrid and Woman’s Whisper (CCF Frontenac, Kingston, ON - 2016), cos.mo.pol.i.tan, (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto - 2014); Djaa (Festival International Danse Encore, Québec - 2013); Departure 00:00, (Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto - 2012).
LSDC has also been featured in major venues and festivals such as Fall for Dance North (Sony Centre, 2016), Centre Culturel Français Frontenac (Kingston - 2016/17), Porch View Dances (2017), Ryerson Parodos Festival (2017), Mayor’s Art Lunch (2017), Intersection Dance (Burlington Performing Arts Centre - 2016), Francofest (Hamilton - 2016), Dusk Dances (Toronto - 2012/14/15), Dancing On the Edge Festival (Vancouver - 2015), Africa Festival of Arts & Culture (Halifax - 2014/15), Dance ON Dance Weekend (Toronto - 2013), Kuumba (Toronto - 2013), Afrofest (Toronto - 2011/14), Irie Festival & Movement in Time at the Fleck Theatre /Dance Immersion (Toronto - 2011/13/16/17) and more.
‘We write our stories with the medium of the body, unearth a beginning, middle and end through movement and infuse them with raw emotions and explosive live percussion.’
What People Are Saying
"Lua Shayenne Dance Company is a small group of gifted, fearlessly energetic young dancers "
— David Macfarlane, The TORONTO STAR
"I was struck by the sense of spiritedness and presence in their performances...the women’s faces were bright, and the expanse of green underscored a feeling of vividness and energy."
— Martha Schabas, The GLOBE and MAIL
"A catalyst for African dance full of creative boundless energy "
— Alex Karolyi, SHADOWPATH THEATRE