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Seke Chimutengwende is a choreographer, performer, movement director and teacher.
Seke uses choreography to experiment with collectivity and alternative approaches to authorship and governance; playing with form to shift and question hierarchies. His recent work It begins in darkness (2022), looks at ghosts and haunted houses as metaphors for how histories of slavery and colonialism haunt the present. Seke has also recently choreographed a work for Candoco Dance Company, In Worlds Unknown (2022). He is currently researching a new work, The Last Quartet (working title), which imagines a “last work” or “last attempt” at choreography, which will premiere in 2025.
Since 2004 Seke has performed for numerous dance companies including DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog. Since 2021 Seke has been working as a performer with Forced Entertainment touring in shows And on the thousandth night… (2000) and If All Else Fails (2023) and will be joining them for their new creation Signal to Noise which premieres in 2024.
Seke has been practising completely improvised performance, using movement and text, since 2006. He has performed over 70 solo improvisations internationally and has performed ensemble improvisation with numerous dancers, actors and musicians. He is currently exploring long solo improvisation performances of 50 to 60 minutes.
Since 2018 Seke has also worked as a movement director for theatre productions at The Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and The Gate Theatre and regularly works with theatre maker Sue MacLaine.
Since 2008 Seke has taught in a variety of contexts on a freelance basis. He has most recently been teaching improvisation and composition at London Contemporary Dance School and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Seke regularly mentors and coaches other artists.
Seke studied dance at Lewisham College 1999 - 2001 and London Contemporary Dance School 2001 – 2004 and went on to train extensively in improvisation with a variety of practitioners and with Andrew Morrish in particular.