Project X celebrates and champions dance within the African Diaspora in Scotland. Through workshops, performances, artistic opportunities, discussions, screenings, a symposium and more, Project X platforms these contemporary and traditional dance forms whilst broadening perceptions and representation. 

Project X has been developed by lead artists Mele Broomes, Ashanti Harris and creative producer Rhea Lewis.

Project X is about changing the conversations and perceptions around dance within the African Diaspora in Scotland. Through profiling practitioners and platforming the diverse styles, we celebrate our heritage and broaden the mainstream consciousness. Embedded through all of our programme is education through creative learning. We encourage all those who take part, to be empowered with the historical knowledge and its contemporary impact in every context they move in. Project X is collaboration and we celebrate the cross-pollination of identities, ideas and forms.

 

Who are we?

 
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Ashanti Harris
Lead Artist

Born in Guyana and brought up in Leeds, Ashanti moved to Glasgow to study at Glasgow School of Art. Since graduating in BA Hons Fine Art, Sculpture and Environmental Art, Ashanti has performed and exhibited her work nationally and internationally; including CCA, Transmission, The Glue Factory, The Pipe Factory, The Arches (Glasgow); Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre; ZKU and Volksbuhne Theatre (Berlin); North Lights Arts (Dunbar); and Fringe Arts Bath. Ashanti is also a co-founder of Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S). Ashanti continues to coordinate and facilitate workshops through G.O.D.S. 

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Mele Broomes
Lead Artist

Mele Broomes is an artist based in Glasgow and Artistic Director of V/DA. Broomes’ work experiments with the extremities of movement and voice whilst investigating  her current contemporary practice of African Diasporic dance. Mele has performed nationally and internationally and has choreographed works that has been presented across the UK.

V/DA is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative company. Our works are influenced and inspired by social politics, crossing the lines between dance, theatre and music. We have presented works and collaborations at Yorkshire Dance, Riley Theatre, Dance Base, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Citymoves, The Lemon Tree, Tramway, The Arches and OFTTA, amongst others. 

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Rhea Lewis
Creative Producer

As a creative producer, Rhea collaborates with national as well as international artists and with communities to create ambitious, large-scale, socially-engaged cross art-form projects. Rhea is passionate about making work which explores marginalised stories and narratives. Rhea has worked with diverse theatre, dance organisations, festivals and institutions such as The Work Room, A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company, Tramway, Barrowland Ballet, The Arches, Africa in Motion Film Festival, Afrovibes Festival, Stillmotion, Glasgow Museums, Untitled Projects, and Tricky Hat Productions.

It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live
— Nina Simone