Dance, Theatre

Playing on the idea that life is a fashion show, Scalped is an outdoor dance theatre exhibition piece focusing on black women’s hair in professional spaces and western society. The piece partly pays homage to Grace Jones whose career embodies breaking free from expectations and boundaries faced by Black women. The dance piece written by Damilola K Fashola is a comment on the objectification and exhibitionism black hair brings.

The overriding message of self-acceptance is shown through movement and rhythm in a world where the corporate meets the fantastic. A mix of fashion and otherness.

About Initiative.dkf

One of Talawa’s MAKE: Sustain Artists ’17, Initiative.dkf is a combined arts duo specialising in creative projects and productions in theatre, dance and short-film. Formed by British Nigerians: the Multidisciplinary Artist “DK” (Royal Court Young Writers Alumnus; BBE Awards Nominee ’17; Theatre Royal Stratford East 30 Nigeria House ward Winner; MBF Creator; BAC Homegrown Festival ‘16; RADA Festival ‘15 et al.) and the mononymous Creative Producer Wofai (China Plate Optimists ‘17; Yong Vic Intro to Directing ’16, and Springboard ‘16; AD VAULT Festival ‘17 et al), our focus is normalising Black British narratives and atypical storytelling.

Creative / Production Credits

Creators: Damilola DK Fashola & Wofai | Initiative.dkf
Producer: Wofai
Movement Director, Writer, Co-Producer: Damilola DK Fashola
Assistant Choreographer: Gabrielle Nimo
Sound Designer/ Composer: Tyrone Isaac-Stuart
Costume Designer: Paulina Domaszewska
Set Designer: Ruby Jennings
Storyboard Artist: Rebecca E. Douglas

Funding, commissioning and partner credits

Supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Brighton Festival.

R&D Supported by Without Walls Blueprint. Supported by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.