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Testimonials and Statements of Interest for my work
"Having known you for a long time and observed the different ways you have supported, researched and manifested the work you do it gave me an appetite to want to get into a space and do some work with you. I feel you have a real sensibility around improvisation and performance.
Your voice is extraordinary. In the array of different songs you have sung, I hear that you have a great deal of plasticity in the style, performance intention and genres you work with."
Liverpool Improvisation Collective and mentor/collaborator in this project's research phase
‘I have worked with Aleasha Chaunte on a number of occasions over the last two years. I have found her to have an intelligent and considered approach to project management and to be an articulate, reliable and consistent deliverer of quality activities. I am in no doubt whatsoever that the proposed project will engage, energise and be of great value to those involved and that it will be delivered very successfully by Aleasha and her project partners.’
Arts Development Officer at Liverpool City Council
Seeing this project develop right from the early stages has for me been a great source of inspiration and comfort. Aleasha's dedication is impressive and she succeeds in maintaining a sense of purpose while remaining open to letting the process unfold and embrace the stories of others.
By sharing her exploration of the story of Handless Maiden she has not only rekindled in me an interest in fairy-tales, that place of childhood imagination and ancient wisdom, but she has taken us all on a journey. This is not a project about healing, it is healing.
Owner 17 Love Lane
The quality of Aleasha’s research into particular areas of anthropological and cultural performance practice and her own field work in the rehearsal room seeking to gain an understanding of and re-balance her own encultured psychological/emotional and muscular processes was exemplary.
In addition she revealed both sensitivity and rigor producing some remarkable insights and manifestations her through her MA practice.
Song of the Goat Co-Founder
Fallen Angels Dance Theatre’s Liverpool group has been thrilled to participate in the research of the Handless Project. Aleasha has been so generous with her time and approach with the group, going above and beyond to ensure they feel included in the project and different aspects. One beneficiary wrote a blog entry on the workshop she delivered for the group: siting the workshop as "It really was a sublime experience."
There is a synergy with Fallen Angels practice which leads to a natural collaboration with themes such as overcoming and adversity coming through.
Fallen Angels Dance Theatre
I have only known Aleasha for a short time, but her impact on me was massive from both a personal level and professional, I first meet her during a session she delivered as part of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival around immigrants and their stories. She was a great facilitator in drawing individuals to share their stories without feeling threatened. With this in mind I invited Aleasha to facilitate a session with some of the women I work with within the BME communities. I was a bit hesitant about how it would go as we haven’t done this before, but the outcome was very positive and I am hoping to develop this further and one way is by getting involved in the Handless Project.
Savera UK is a charity tackling domestic abuse and harmful practices, Savera UK want to provide the women with a range of ways to express themselves and build confidence and self-esteem and the Handless Project would offer a great opportunity for those women who are isolated from their family community and society, because of being a victim of domestic abuse, Honour based Violence, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation. Savera UK fully support this fantastic project.
Director Savera UK
Aleasha Chaunte is the kind of artist with integrity that we all need to support. She deeply believes in what she does, only supporting projects she’s passionate about and works tirelessly to ensure her project has the depth it needs.
Hope St Ltd.
I first discovered Aleasha’s work quite by accident last Light Night, in a performance at the Lady Chapel in Liverpool. I was struck by the work’s quiet beauty, and its clear resonance with audience. Through subsequent discussions with Aleasha about The Handless Maiden we discovered a range of synergies with Unity’s current programme. Initially that led to Aleasha being one of the three artists invited to provide a Call and Response to our major Autumn project Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone, and in May we plan to play a key role in realising the next stage of The Handless Maiden for Light Night 2017.
Part inspired by the work of Adrian Henri (as part of the Mersey poets celebration) are loose theme for Light Night 2017 is Happenings. Aleasha’s City Wide Ritual Walk fits strongly with that in so many ways – rituals were a key part of Henri’s work, as was a focus on looking at the city differently, and the way Aleasha’s walk draws on a range of art forms is very much in the spirit of happenings.
Unity will support the project in a range of ways including
- Providing assistance with promotion of the event through the Unity website
- Distributing tickets for the chapters within the walk
- Supporting the creative process, in particular the development of our online storytelling, recording and documentation
- Hosting at least one chapter as part of our Light Night programme- to be located in Unity 2 as part of a sleep/rest ritual installation
I whole heartedly recommend both Aleasha and this work to you.
The Handless Project is an emotive piece that really pulled on my heart string, I have never felt so emotional about an art work, that not only captures art but touches on so many of your senses. Opens up your heart to be open of others but also open to yourself
Producer/Presenter Upfront Show
BBC Radio Merseyside