“Unabashedly emotional” THE GUARDIAN
“It was such a wonderful experience attending the HOME workshop: as a dancer I felt totally immersed in the movement. HOME provided me with an opportunity to dance many styles, including my own and to meditate towards healing. Throughout the session I was guided through movement meditations; learning new dance vocabulary and improvising in my own flow – a wonderful synergy” Danielle Byars, Leeds
Ella Mesma Company are a British based dance theatre company who use folk dances in a contemporary context to allow transformation: telling personal and global and stories and connecting to our truest selves. The company strive to undo limiting beliefs, explore healing and celebrate cultural and social identity using dance and theatre.
The company have a unique movement language using a range of techniques such as contemporary dance, contact work from partner dances (such as salsa, tango, kizomba), breaking, Afro-Latin and Latin folkloric dances, capoeira and aerial dance.
Our work tends to reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of company members. Ella Mesma Company seek to champion a technique and create work which is empowering and inspiring to all audiences, where possible including audience interaction in our work.
With a mix of dance forms, circus and theatre, the work is bold, political and personal.
We also tour a series of seven workshops for dance artists and dance lovers called the “HOME Series”, inspired by the chakra system and created on the dance company.