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Awakenings

A Revolution of Love

We are delighted to present Soulpepper's partnership with Awakenings, a new programming philosophy from the City of Toronto, featuring stunning art that explores untold stories and awakens new perspectives. The City has committed more than $1.2 million in cultural and economic investments to confront anti-Black racism, and to develop opportunities like this to increase support for Toronto’s Black creative communities. 

Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha had the pleasure of co-directing this stunning piece, A Revolution of Love, with Lucius Dechausay, created and choreographed by Esie MensahA Revolution of Love is a short film that follows a young Black woman as she grapples with the histories of her ancestors and the present-day violence ravaging her community, and begins to imagine what her future looks like through dance. Conceived by an internationally-recognized Black creative team and featuring the words and compositions of Assata Shakur and d'bi.young anitafrika, this piece spotlights 15 women as they come together to re-frame revolution in the name of love. 

Filmed at Toronto History Museums’ Fort York National Historic Site, A Revolution of Love is created in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre.


A Revolution of Love: The Conversation

Choreographer Esie Mensah and Co-Directors Weyni Mengesha and Lucius Dechausay sit down at the Young Centre to discuss the creation and intention behind A Revolution of Love. Check out the compelling behind-the-scenes conversation.