“Unabashedly emotional” Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian
Ella Mesma Company is a Contemporary, Afro-Latin & Hip Hop Dance Theatre company led by Artistic Director Ella Mesma. The company have a unique movement language: Yoga, along with a diverse range of techniques including contemporary dance, contact work from partner dances, breaking, afro-latin and folkloric dances, capoeira and aerial dance informs the company in their teaching and choreographic practice. Using Dance Theatre, the Company create dance productions with a focus on social and cultural identity. Sadler’s Wells commissioned the company for their own wild card ‘Guerreiras’, featuring the premiere of ‘Ladylike’ in 2017.
Mesma likes to engage with a real audience: those with and without a background in dance and for her work to speak to the heart , which is why she also uses theatre in her work. The company also like to connect to their audience through discussions and often include events in the foyer to create interest and understanding around the context of the work. The company also love to tour their workshops and outreach work, including a new sex education project to tour alongside ‘Ladylike‘.
Ladylike premiered at Sadler’s Wells on June 8th 2017 and has two more show dates left. Mesma is currently developing solo ‘Papillon‘, and a new group work for 2019. Read more about the different productions here, and upcoming production dates here. You can also train with the company in Latin, breaking and Yoga here. If you would like to discuss booking a show please contact us here