“Unabashedly emotional” Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian
Associate Dance artist at Dance City 2016-2017, Ella Mesma loves to share her passion for Afro-Latin and Hip Hop Dance Theatre. The Company create dance productions with a focus on social and cultural identity, and like to engage with their audience through discussions, workshops and outreach work, including a new sex education project alongside ‘Ladylike’.
Ladylike will premiere at Sadler’s Wells on June 8th 2017, and looks at sexuality, pleasure and consent through the eyes of four women. Described as ‘stunning,’ and ‘provocative’, the piece includes a score by Sabio Janiak, lighting by Ciaran Cunningham, and costume by Jodie-Simone Howe of Hair the Beat. Read more about the work here.
Ella Mesma is currently developing ‘Papillon’, a solo about her experience as a ‘white passing’ person with one black and one white parent exploring how this affects and enriches her experience and how others identify her. The work includes spoken word by Toni Stuart, music by Jocelyn Pook, and costumes by Jodie-Simone Howe. Read more about the work here.
Other works include ‘Evol’, developed in 2011 with Mickael Riviere which you might have seen premiere at Breakin Convention and is described as ‘unabashedly emotional’ by The Guardian. Read more about other productions here.
You can catch Ella Mesma and her company at various events around the UK here
You can also train with the company in Latin, breaking and Yoga here
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