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Presented by The Theatre Centre in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre

Grin is a dance film. A digital fruition of performance, sound, visuals and choreography which subverts hyper-sexualised notions of African and Caribbean dance. Grin is a masquerade of dance sculptures where body and costume are accompanied by a pulsating sound score.

Conversation around community building, refusals, friendship and support grounds the development of Grin, which both holds and is held by a cohort of friends. Grin’s significant focus on black love and other experiences of interiority feel essential in considering how we can build empathy and reconstitute networks of solidarity.

Experience note: The artist has been thoughtful & intentional about the experience for audiences both in the theatre and at home. Because we have programmed this as an evening of activities, we don’t have exact start and finish times. We would love it if you could join us for the whole evening, but if you are unable, we anticipate On Minors, Movement, and the Gathering of Data beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST and Grin beginning at 9:45 p.m. EST and will do our very best to adhere to these start times on the night. We recommend the following for this at home experience: 

  • The cinematography in Grin is best viewed in a dark room or non-bright spaces
  • Have your favourite snack or beverage nearby 
  • Stay tuned to @thetheatrecentre on Instagram for updates on the nightly signature cocktail by Aislinn Rose that you can make at home!


Directed & choreographed by Mele Broomes
Dancers & collaborators: Kemono L.Riot & Divine Tasinda
Sound composition by Patricia Panther
Selected track: Five Rand Airtime nama-eveready: 4000 degrees by SPAZA
Director of photography: Daniel Hughes
Costume design & production stage manager: Zephyr Liddell
Lighting Design by Michaella Fee
Producer: Siân Baxter
Audio Describer: Emma-Jane McHenry
Photography: Tiu Makkonen
Supported by Creative Scotland, Project X, Tramway, Made In Scotland


ASL will be available for most performances. The Theatre Centre is a physically accessible venue with barrier-free washrooms on each floor and a lift for public use.
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From May 11, 2022
to May 11, 2022

Tickets are FREE — donations happily accepted.


Franco Boni Theatre, online

Performance Dates

May 11 @ 7:30 pm – ONLINE
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – IRL

This performance is a dance film, running for 45 minutes.

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Hybrid by Design is made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now Fund, and the Department of Heritage Canada Arts Presentation Fund.