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Flying Solo heads to Ghana

Check out our press release as we get ready to head to Ghana this October!

Soloing is surrendering.. Photo: Alistair H M Simmons

Soloing is surrendering.. Photo: Alistair H M Simmons

In a collaboration between UK based ENSEMBLE dance company and Noyam Dance Institute three international dance artists with roots in the UK, Ghana and the Caribbean bring Flying Solo to Noyam in Dodowa, Ghana this October.  Flying Solo explores their artistry in relation to ‘home’, their roots and the core of who they are in an intimate show that highlights their uniqueness and their togetherness in equal measure. The dance artists support each other in a show that allows their individuality and self-hood to unfold; what unites them is the courageous, vulnerable act of solo performance, and how it calls the dancer to probe at their very being and embark on a journey of the spirit, history and flesh. 


How do we know ourselves, be ourselves, remain ourselves? How do we grow by meeting different places, different people, and stay true? Maybe first we must get lost, honestly, openly, fiercely; and be brave enough to go right back ‘home’.

Flying Solo, OPENEaling. Photo Alistair H M Simmons

Flying Solo, OPENEaling. Photo Alistair H M Simmons

Over 2019 the Flying Solo dancers have embarked on a pilgrimage which has challenged them to perform alone in the spaces of their past, together in spaces far afield across theatres, tents, parks and forest in the UK and Ghana and to return alone again close to where they each call home now. This show at Noyam sees them in the middle of their pilgrimage performing together at Noyam Dance Institute, Dodowa, Ghana. 


Noyam is the home of Noyam dance company, founded by father of African Contemporary Dance Francis Nii Yartey, now run by his son Nii-Tete Yartey, one of the Flying Solo artists. This performance marks Noyam opening its doors again in 2019 as Nii-Tete Yartey takes the reins of his father’s company. 


On 4 October 2019 the Flying Solo artists will come together here to probe their core beings further, through the challenge and beauty of solo performance, in an environment close to home for Nii-Tete and very far from home for the other two artists Hayley J S Matthews and Tyrone Isaac-Stuart.Tyrone Isaac-Stuart is a hip-hop dancer, contemporary dancer, lyricist and musician who makes both his own dance and live music work and combines the two disciplines, Hayley J S Matthews is a contemporary dancer and vocalist and Nii-Tete Yartey a contemporary and Traditional African dancer. Come along, and they will dance you into their hearts and solo experience. 


Flying Solo @ The People’s Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. Photo: Alistair H M Simmons

Flying Solo @ The People’s Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. Photo: Alistair H M Simmons

It is likely there will also be some site specific shows of Flying Solo in Ghana during October 2019. These will be announced on ENSEMBLE and Noyam facebook pages @ensembledanceco and @noyamafricandanceinstitute. 


For tickets to the Noyam show, Oct 4, 7:00pm, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flying-solo-noyam-dance-institute-tickets-67044109737

Please bring your e-ticket along with you. nb local Dodowa residents are free of charge. 



For more details on Flying Solo and the pilgrimage schedule visit 

https://www.ensembledance.org/flying-solo 

https://www.ensembledance.org/tour-schedule 


Press contact mail@ensembledance.org or niitete@yahoo.com .


Flying Solo is supported by Arts Council England, DanceEast, Noyam and OpenEaling.

Flying Solo @The People’s Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough pf Culture. Photo: Alistair H M Simmons

Flying Solo @The People’s Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough pf Culture. Photo: Alistair H M Simmons

Hayley Matthews