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by Mufutau Yusuf

2 performances
May 24th and 25th, 2024 at 7:30pm
Dublin Dance Festival
Project Arts centre
IMG 2845 Patricio Cassinoni


A compelling exploration of ethnicity, identity and the experience of the Black diaspora by Mufutau Yusuf

Mufutau Yusuf premieres his highly anticipated new work, Impasse, following the success of his first full-length work Òwe, which premiered in New York and Dublin in 2022.

An attempt to understand the politics of the Black body in a contemporary western society, Impasse interrogates notions of representation, misrepresentation, and the lack of representation.
In this powerful work, two performers confront the biased narratives etched onto Black bodies throughout history. These narratives, steeped in cultural imperialism, violence, exploitation, marginalisation, and powerlessness, are laid bare with raw physicality and emotional intensity.

By challenging the historical racial projections of blackness – its crudeness, threat, sexuality, rage and immorality – the performance unveils its power, grace, sensuality, tenderness, intelligence and love. Impasse goes beyond mere exploration and invites a reshaping of our sense of self and community. It reclaims our humanity and celebrates the autonomy and self-determination of Black bodies.


Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs
Fri 24 & Sat 25 May, 7:30pm
€22 full price / €18 conc.
70 mins (no interval)
Notes: Contains nudity


Tickets: https://dublindancefestival.ti...


Although still a work in progress, Impasse by Mufutau Yusuf was almost perfectly formed as it eloquently challenged bodily identity and autonomy, in this case the black body.
The Irish Times
Already a successful dancer, Yusuf is emerging as a promisingly clear-visioned choreographer.
The Irish Times
When the charismatic Mufutau Yusuf is on stage, it's hard to look anywhere else.
The New York Times


Funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Commissioned and co-produced by Liz Roche Company
Supported by Solstice Arts Centre, Dance Cork Firkin Crane, Irish Arts Centre New York, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Ultima Vez, Dublin Dance Festival, Maison de la Danse, Lyon - Pôle européen de creation, Centre National de la Danse.

Cast and Team

Choreographer/performer/set designer Mufutau (Junior) Yusuf
Performer Lucas Katangila
Composition Tom Lane
Sound Mick Donohoe
Lighting Design Matt Burke
Costume Design Alison Brown
Text Ikenna Anyabuike
Production Manager Lisa Mahoney
Stage Manager/Set consultant Lisa Krugel
Photography Pato Cassinoni


May 24th, 2024

Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs

€22 full price / €18 conc.

May 25th, 2024

Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs

€22 full price / €18 conc.

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