Artistic Director

Alesandra Seutin

“The regal Alesandra is a commanding presence ****” The Independent

International performer, choreographer, teacher Alesandra was born in Harare, grew up in Brussels and develloped in London. She studied dance in different parts of the world including Europe, Africa and the United States. She holds a Diploma in dance theatre from Laban in London and a degree in choreography and performance of the Middlesex University. Alesandra Seutin also further trained at the École des Sables of Germaine Acogny (Senegal), where she also trained with choreographers Germaine Acogny, David Zambrano, Nora Chipaumire, the late Pierre Doussaint, Flora Théfaine, Pedro Pauwels, Gabriel Smeets, Rui Moreira and Patrick Acogny.

Alesandra has been running Vocab Dance Company (VDC) since 2007. She combines African traditional dance with contemporary dance and Hip Hop to create distinctly Afro-European dance theatre. Few other British artists are working to explore what African dance can become when fused with other dance forms to explore contemporary issues.

In addition to the body of work she has build for Alesandra Seutin I Vocab Dance since it’s inception in 2007, she has created work for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Trinity Laban, 12º North Dance, State of Emergency’s 2014 tour and most recently was commissioned by Studio Wayne McGregor as an independent choreographer. She has also acted as Movement Director for two plays at Theatre Centre. Her work has been performed at UK venues such as Sadler’s Wells, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Riley Theatre, Laban Theatre, The Place Theatre, Stratford Circus, The Yorkshire Playhouse, The Arcola, Lindsey Theatre, Purcell Room as well as internationally at Theatre Louis Aragon (Paris,France), Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf, Germany), Harbourfront Theatre (Toronto, Canada), Goethe Institute (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), IFM (Antananarivo, Madagascar) and Edifice Wilder (Montréal, Canada).

In 2011, Alesandra was selected by Germaine Acogny (‘mother of African contemporary dance’), to be part of the transmission of her technique. Alesandra is now the only UK dance artist to be a certified Germaine Acogny teacher and ambassador. In 2014, Alesandra became an ADAD (The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora) Trailblazers Champion for her continuous contribution as an artist of the African Diaspora in the UK, bridging the gap between African and Contemporary dance.

Alesandra Seutin | Vocab Dance is currently touring the solo ‘Ceci n’est pas Noire’ and recently finished working as a dancer singer with German company Steptext Dance Project new production ‘Boxom’.