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We are inviting audiences to join us on this intimate, rhythmic journey as we watch Dzifa, a short film directed by Savannah Acquah, and ask Queer Black artists to respond to a variety of the film's themes. 

Celebrate with us as we shine a light on Queer Black talent through dance, music, art and more. Watch, chat and tap your feet along for an evening of unapologetic Black Queer joy.

MEET THE ARTISTS

Kenya Sterling (He/They) is a proudly queer and working class creative and model hailing from Manchester and currently based in London. His multidisciplinary work spans various forms of performance, writing, and visual art, as well as being a published poet, podcaster, and creative queer consultant. Kenya has trained with the Royal Exchange young company in Manchester as well as ALT actors. Recent credits include a featured lead in award winning BFI short Joseph Wilson’s Isn’t it a Beautiful world, short film They Suck (Lison Mombellet), a dance role in Postcode Beef in association with The Roundhouse Theatre, and the lead in TUC’s Trans Awareness film. As well short film Mars produced by musician Yungblud, and role in Life In Love a mini series on itv hub. Other select credits include roles in I AM (Ovalhouse), Rhubarb (Graeae, The Bush Theatre), Burn Baby Burn (Fuel Theatre), Doctors (BBC), and Holby City (BBC).

kenya sitting cross legged looking directly at the camera

NuAloe (She/They) is from South London with Nigerian and Jamaican roots. She’s a 2nd year Black Studies student, activist & organiser within an organisation that helps young people become social activists. They’re also a musician and instrumentalist, poet and a newly found actress.

artist standing against a graffiti wall looking at the camera

Rochá Dawkins (she/her) is a multi-media artist based in Manchester. Her practice includes visual arts as well as performance and a sprinkling of spoken word. She was born and raised here in the UK but is of Caribbean heritage – her identity largely informs her work, like it informs her perspective and experiences.

person looking directly at the camera in a selfie style, wearing a leather jacket

Yandass Ndlovu (she/her)

Founder and Artistic Director of I M Pact Collective. Young Creative of the Year Mcr Culture Awards 2022

Movement Directing & Choreographing Credits include: 

Pretty Shitty love (Theatre Clwyd); Bloody Elle; Astronauts; [M]others- Co:lab (Royal Exchange Theatre); Everything All Of The Time (Contact Theatre); The Walk: Little Amal (Manchester International Festival & Good Chance Theatre); VUKA (MCR Museum); Cryptomnesia (Future Ventures & ACE); See Me After (PUSH- HOME theatre);  Yandass.mov (Channel 4, Random Acts)

Acting credits include: 

Electric Rosary; Macbeth; Our Town; Nothing; (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). Birth: Orchid & Syria (World Health Organisation, Geneva); Negging (Old VIC Theatre); Dead Certain (Hopemill Theatre); Jubilee (Lyric Hammersmith)

Dance credits include: 

Nike Air Shimmer (Size?); Alphabus (Manchester International festival); FlexN Manchester (Old Granada Studios); Flexn Young Identity (Contact Theatre); Boy Blue Elevate; (HOME THEATRE) Festival Number 6 (Portmeirion); Through The Eye- Rachel Chinouriri

Short Film and television credits: 

Icaria (Nowness and MIF); Yandass.mov (Random Acts, Channel 4); The X Factor (dancer ITV); Run Boy Run & Yandass.mov (Channel 4, Random Acts)

I M Pact is currently supported by The Lowry and Manchester International Festival with credits from both plus Mcr Museum; HOME Theatre; Contact Theatre; Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Opera House

yandass looking directly into the camera wearing a black tshirt and accessories

ACCESS

If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10am – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on boxoffice@contactmcr.com, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Once you have been booked in a wheelchair seat once, you can book online from then onwards and do not have to call our box office team to facilitate your booking. Please do reach out if you have any questions about this process.

CONTACT MEMBERSHIP

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THE PINCH TICKET 

Times are hard. They are getting harder. Despite that, we know that art will prevail.

Our lowest concession rate – called The Pinch ticket – is now available for anyone who needs it, with no proof required.

To book your The Pinch ticket, simply proceed to check out at any event of your choice and input the number of tickets required into the ‘The Pinch’ field. For any queries, reach out to our wonderful Box Office team at boxoffice@contactmcr.com.

QUEER CONTACT

This performance is a part of our flagship LGBTQ arts festival, Queer Contact. To learn more about Queer Contact 2023, and to explore other shows in the lineup, head to this page here.

  • Price
    Full Price: £10 | Under 35: £8 | Concessions: £5 | Contact Membership: FREE
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
    15+
  • Running
    2 hours
  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Saturday 18 February 7:00pm
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