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artist feature with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Studio 303 & Toronto Dance Community Love-In present...
Syllabus for Black Love: a kiki with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Dana Michel and Ravyn Wngz

Moderated by Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis
Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 5pm live on Zoom



On May 13th 2021 from 5 - 7pm EDT, The Toronto Dance Community Love-In and Studio 303 host an event that screens a conversation between Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Ravyn Wngz and Dana Michel. Come witness online richness, conversation, and have the opportunity to engage in a Q+A session with Jaamil and other attendees. 

Moderated by Love-In Co-artistic Director Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis, the conversation will center around themes offered by Jaamil, and together the panelists will kiki on topics of black love, self love, care, joy and survival. 

“My hope for this panel is for each artist to discuss their journey toward self love and how it's practiced in their lives, art, and communities. I also see this as a community discussion where participants are encouraged to activate the chat with discussion and links towards resources, texts, images that inspire them on their personal love journey.” —Jaamil Olawale Kosoko


Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American performance artist, poet, and curator originally from Detroit, MI. He is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography, 2019 NPN Development Fund Award, a 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2019 Red Bull Writing Fellow, 2018 NEFA NDP Production Grant recipient, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow. His creative practice draws from Black study, queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual, and spiritual practice. His most recent works, Séancers (2017) and the Bessie nominated #negrophobia (2015), have toured internationally appearing in major festivals including: Tanz im August (Berlin), Moving in November (Finland), Within Practice (Sweden),TakeMeSomewhere (UK), Brighton Festival (UK), Oslo Teaterfestival (Norway), and Zürich MOVES! (Switzerland) among others. He is the author of two chapbooks and his poems and essays have been included in The American Poetry Review, The Dunes Review, The Broad Street Review, among others. Visit & IG@jaamil_means_beauty for more information.

DANA MICHEL is a live artist. Her works interact with the expanded fields of improvisation, choreography, sculpture, comedy, hip-hop, cinematography, techno, poetry, psychology, dub and social commentary to create centrifuge of experience.

Before graduating from the BFA program in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University in her late twenties, Michel was a marketing executive, competitive runner and football player. In 2014, she was awarded the newly created ImPulsTanz Award (Vienna) in recognition for outstanding artistic accomplishments, and was highlighted among notable female choreographers of the year by the New-York Times. In 2017, Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she became the first ever dance artist in residence at the National Arts Centre, Canada. In 2019, she was awarded the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (Kuopio, Finland).

Michel is currently touring three solo performance works: YELLOW TOWEL, MERCURIAL GEORGE and CUTLASS SPRING. Based in Montreal, Michel is an associate artist with Par.B.L.eux.

Ravyn Wngz “The Black Widow of Burlesque” is a Tanzanian, Bermudian, Mohawk, 2Spirit, Queer and Transcendent empowerment storyteller. Ravyn is an abolitionist and co-founder of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada A Canadian Best Selling Author, Top 25 Women on Influence in Candad recipient 2021 and on the steering team of Black Lives Matter Toronto Chapter, a group who are committed to eradicating all forms of anti-Black racism, supporting Black healing and liberating Black communities.

Leelee Oluwastoyosi Eko Davis’ practice is rooted in foundations of contemporary dance and intermedia creation methodologies. As a disabled, transgenderqueer artist of Nigerian/French/Algonquin descent, working in decolonial frameworks is central to their research and creations. Being from Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Leelee has had the opportunity to train and work professionally across Turtle Island. Their artistic goals are to merge performance and life, stage and experience, building a bridge to revealing the human condition. They can most commonly be found producing their own work as a solo artist, however often collaborate across milieus. Leelee has had the profound pleasure of collaborating with artists and choreographers such as Jolene Bailie, Dayna Danger, Raven Davis, Jesse Dell, Yannick Desranleau, Vanessa Dunn, Audrey Dwyer, Reginald Edmund, Gambletron, Chloe Lum, Ryan MacNamara, Kate Nankervis, Evalyn Parry, Sara Porter, Lou Sheppard, Alexandra Tigchelaar on works for theatre, film, and stage. Eko Davis also works as a program designer, facilitator, and consultant in the field of Social Innovation and Adaptive Change.