Collabo with Avant Garde at Circomedia

On the 23rd June, I presented an extract of Papyllon for Collabo’s first Bristol event, held at Circomedia.

 

There are two major things I will take away from Collabo!

Firstly: I felt a beautiful sense of community in Bristol: Inspiring performances, and I also felt so moved at all the amazing people I have been lucky to meet in my life: from Helen Wilson’s Rise Youth Dance Company (who did I tell you is the reason I dance?) whose piece was so professional and so highly skilled I got goose bumps! To Issie Lloyd’s performance (I first met at an Alienness workshop in 2009!) Issie worked with a collective of artists whom she had never worked with before to form the Bristol Collective, to Juke Box Collective from Cardiff directed by Liara Barussi (who gave me a wonderful music video gig “She’s on fire” for Bo Saris in 2015) that was also screened on TV (Stranger Things): Incredible dancing by tiny humans! To Sara Dos Santos (who I have known since 2009 also) piece inspred by her findings with Meninadance in Brazil (Who I fundraised for in 2004!). I also met and got to see some wonderful new artists like Georgina Disney, Marcia Marcelino and House of la Volta. It felt like a true dance family: people who I have known for many years now: even the photographer, coming together to collaborate… well done Collabo!

And secondly: I learnt to go slow in my performance: To not rush but enjoy and truly be present in each moment of my performance…  most delicious and delightful discovery: I can hold the space! I can’t quite describe this feeling other than time stopped still and I knew the space was mine. I was inviting people in… to join me in my world and my tempo. It felt sacred, sensuous and delicious. I am super excited for South Africa next and to work with my collaborator Toni Stuart live!

 

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Dear Amazing Humans,

Below is my latest newsletter in which I tell you about all things Ella Mesma Company (including Papyllon in South Africa, the last Ladylike show at Dance City in Newcastle and the Roots of Rumba UK tour!

Thank you for your time reading this and I hope you enjoy hearing our updates,

 

I am super excited to announce that this year Roots of Rumba will be funded by Arts Council of England and will be touring the UK! Roots of Rumba will tour to 5 cities and will present some amazing international, national and local acts.

Roots of Rumba is a festival presenting diaspora dance theatre curated by myself and includes workshops, art, shows and afterparties. It began in 2013 as a mission to create a platform for established professionals and emerging dance artists to present Dance Theatre with dances of the African Diaspora at the heart. Of different generations and genres within the diaspora, artists will be presenting very different work that truly showcase the potential and scope of diaspora dance theatre.

Want to hear more about why I started Roots of Rumba? (Read my blog here!)

 

CALL OUT

We would love to hear from artists interested in getting involved: from beginners to professionals there is something for you and we want to hear more! Have a look below for applications for the CPD programme and to perform. We will also be holding workshops in most cities and celebrating with an afterparty too! Tickets can be found at the individual websites linked below.

Creative Practise for Professional Workshop:

Are you an artist in one of the above styles? Are you based in Bristol/ Newcastle/ London? Would you like to build a long term relationship with the festival? Would you love to spend a day working with us on your newest piece? We would love to hear from you! Apply using this form (Deadline June 15th) Thank you!

APPLY HERE

Local Artist Performances

Are you a dance artist interested in the above styles? Are you based in Leeds/Northwich/London/Newcastle/Bristol? Would you love to present your work in 2018? Do you have a show ready? Apply using this form…. (Deadline June 15th) Thank you!
APPLY HERE

 


 

ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR DATES 2018:

BRISTOL
6th July: BRISTOL: TRINITY CENTRE
Roots of Rumba Bristol will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists. The event includes a theatre show and classes.

Workshop Times: 6pm onwards
Performance Times: 7.30pm
Venue: Trinity Community Arts, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW
Adults: £12.00
Concessions £10.00

NORTHWICH
7TH JULY: NORTHWICH: LION SALT WORKS & CHESHIRE DANCE
Roots of Rumba Northwich will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists. The event includes a theatre show and classes.

Workshops Times: Pop up workshops throughout the daytime
Performance Times: 7.30pm
Venue: Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Ln, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES
COSTS
Adults: £9.50 + booking fee*
Children £6.50 + booking fee*
BOOK 

NEWCASTLE
12-13TH JULY: NEWCASTLE: DANCE CITY & KOMMUNITY
In Newcastle, Ella Mesma will showcase a dance theatre piece called ‘Ladylike’ on the 12th July along with guest djing by Selectorchico TM and pop up events throughout the building. On the 13th, local professionals and emerging artists with an interest in diaspora dance theatre will be invited to workshop and share their ideas with Ella Mesma, then some acts will share at a performance tba. The sharing will be followed with a party at Kommunity with a free class and music by Selectorchico TM.
12th July: An Evening with Ella Mesma: Dance City

(Including workshops, DJ, activities and a performance of LADYLIKE): Arrive from 6.30pm onwards
13th July: CPD Day (for performers) (Application only): Dance City. Roots of Rumba (Sharing): 13th July: 8pm
After Party: 9.30 pm onwards (Kommunity) with the world renowned Selectorchico TM and a free dance class.
Venue: Dance City Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR
Kommunity Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BH
COSTS:
ADULTS: £9.50
Students & under 18s: £8.00
Afterparty: Pay as you feel!

LEEDS
20TH JULY: LEEDS: YORKSHIRE DANCE & THE WARDROBE
Roots of Rumba Leeds will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists, followed by an after party with the world renowned DJ Lubi.  The event includes a theatre show and classes.
Workshops (Yorkshire Dance): 20th JULY: 6-8pm
Roots of Rumba (Yorkshire Dance): 20th JULY: 8pm
After Party: 20th JULY: 10pm onwards (Wardrobe)
VENUES: Yorkshire Dance Centre, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH
The Wardrobe, St. Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH
COSTS:
Adults: £9.50 + booking fee*
Children £6.50 + booking fee*
AFTERPARTY: FREE!

LONDON
15th SEPTEMBER: LONDON: RICHMIX

In the week running up to the event, local professionals and emerging artists with an interest in diaspora dance theatre will be invited to workshop and share their ideas with Ella Mesma.
Roots of Rumba London (In Richmix: the birthplace of Roots of Rumba) will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists. The event includes a theatre show and classes. The sharing will be followed with an afterparty in Richmix.
CPD Day (for performers) (Application only) (Richmix) (Weekdays in the run up to the show)
Workshops (Richmix): (Subject to change) 15th September: 10-5pm
Roots of Rumba (Richmix): 15th September: 7.30pm
After Party:  15th September: 10pm onwards (Richmix)
COSTS:
Full day and evening ticket (11am – Close): £15 full / £12 concessions.
Evening ticket only (7pm – Close): £12 / £10 concessions.
Afterparty: free to ticket holders or £5
VENUE: Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

 

 


 

ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY (Mariposa on tour)

I am extremely excited to announce that I have been granted an AIDF fund (Artists’ International Development Fund) funded by the British Council and Arts Council England, to collaborate with poet Toni Stuart in Cape Town in South Africa. We will be developing Papyllon using silks, poetry, papyrus and paint to question what it means to be a ‘citizen of the world,’ and will performing the duet at the ICA and the Open Book Festival in August and September.

I will also perform an extract of Papyllon for COLLABO Bristol on the 23rd June (flyer above).

‘Papyllon’ is an exploration and celebration of identity, femininity, ethnicity, soul inspired by the four stages of transformation in the lifecycle of the butterfly.

Butterfly facts:
Around the world, the butterfly represents transformation, renewal, life, the soul.

The Greeks likened the butterfly’s constant flitting from flower to flower to the restlessness of the mind: constantly changing from subject to subject. The Greek word for butterfly is ‘psyche’ from where we get our word ‘psychology’ – the study of the mind.

The colours and patterns we see on a Butterfly’s wings are actually made by the reflection of hundreds of tiny scales covering their white wings… so their beautiful patterns are actually a trick of the light!

 


A snippet from rehearsals at the LDIF 2018 festival with the help of insight from company dancers David Evans and Patrick Ziza we rethought the Papyllon costume!

 

CALENDER 

23RD JUNE 2018: BRISTOL
COLLABO AT CIRCOMEDIA
PAPYLLON (an extract)
Tickets: Collabo by Avant Garde Dance Company

6TH JULY: BRISTOL
TRINITY CENTRE
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
Trinity Community Arts, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

7TH JULY: NORTHWICH:
LION SALT WORKS & CHESHIRE DANCE
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Ln, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES
BOOK 

12-13TH JULY: NEWCASTLE
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
DANCE CITY & KOMMUNITY
12th July: An Evening with Ella Mesma: Dance City
13th July: CPD Day/ After Party:
Dance City Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR
Kommunity Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BH

20TH JULY: LEEDS
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
YORKSHIRE DANCE & THE WARDROBE
Yorkshire Dance Centre, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH
The Wardrobe, St. Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH

AUGUST-9TH SEPTEMBER: South Africa (AIDF)

15TH SEPTEMBER: LONDON
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
RICHMIX
Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

3RD NOVEMBER
WCOL
Following on from She Created Her Life we have created an event for all!

 


LADIES LAST
(Chickens on tour)
 

We have our last Ladylike show coming up at Dance City in Newcastle and it is going to be a little different!

The house will open at around 6pm with guest djing by the amazing SelectorchicoTM and pop up events in the building.

Born in Sweden in 1978 as a stateless person, with both mother and father Uruguayan political refugees in exile, Selectorchico resides in Montevideo, Uruguay and is a DJ, and active music producer since 1999. He has edited on independent labels such as Angel’s Egg (Japan) Vampi Soul (Spain) Flora & Fauna (Sweden) Frente Bolivarista, Psicotropicodelia (Brazil) Soundsister (Mexico) Sondor ( Uy) and having participated in festivals FILE (Brazil) FUSION (Germany) VAMOS (UK) Liminaria (Italy) Latinarab (Argentina) and has an amazing and very individual sound!

There will also be an exhibition of some amazing artwork! Check out local artist and photographer Nicola Hunter’s images of the show here.

12th July: An Evening with Ella Mesma: Dance City

Arrive from 6.00pm onwards

Venue: Dance City Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR

And we are excited to tell you that Azara WILL be joining us! Azara couldn’t bear to miss the last one and so will be flying back from LA especially!

Show information and tickets

 

We would love to hear from you: Is there something else you would like to hear about? Would you like us to be involved with your project? Do you have an idea you would like help to bring to life? Do you just want to share an opinion with us?  Don’t be shy: we will be happy to create, collaborate, receive or just listen!
Thank you from us all at Ella Mesma Company xxx

 

 

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I am delighted to be writing to you: thank you for resubscribing!

Below is my latest newsletter in which I tell you about all things Ella Mesma Company (including Papyllon in South Africa, the last Ladylike show at Dance City in Newcastle and the Roots of Rumba UK tour!

Thank you for your time reading this and I hope you enjoy hearing our updates,

 

I am super excited to announce that this year Roots of Rumba will be funded by Arts Council of England and will be touring the UK! Roots of Rumba will tour to 5 cities and will present some amazing international, national and local acts.

Roots of Rumba is a festival presenting diaspora dance theatre curated by myself and includes workshops, art, shows and afterparties. It began in 2013 as a mission to create a platform for established professionals and emerging dance artists to present Dance Theatre with dances of the African Diaspora at the heart. Of different generations and genres within the diaspora, artists will be presenting very different work that truly showcase the potential and scope of diaspora dance theatre.

Want to hear more about why I started Roots of Rumba? (Read my blog here!)

 

CALL OUT

We would love to hear from artists interested in getting involved: from beginners to professionals there is something for you and we want to hear more! Have a look below for applications for the CPD programme and to perform. We will also be holding workshops in most cities and celebrating with an afterparty too! Tickets can be found at the individual websites linked below.

Creative Practise for Professional Workshop:

Are you an artist in one of the above styles? Are you based in Bristol/ Newcastle/ London? Would you like to build a long term relationship with the festival? Would you love to spend a day working with us on your newest piece? We would love to hear from you! Apply using this form (Deadline June 15th) Thank you!

APPLY HERE

Local Artist Performances

Are you a dance artist interested in the above styles? Are you based in Leeds/Northwich/London/Newcastle/Bristol? Would you love to present your work in 2018? Do you have a show ready? Apply using this form…. (Deadline June 15th) Thank you!
APPLY HERE

 


 

ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR DATES 2018:

BRISTOL
6th July: BRISTOL: TRINITY CENTRE
Roots of Rumba Bristol will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists. The event includes a theatre show and classes.

Workshop Times: 6pm onwards
Performance Times: 7.30pm
Venue: Trinity Community Arts, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW
Adults: £12.00
Concessions £10.00

NORTHWICH
7TH JULY: NORTHWICH: LION SALT WORKS & CHESHIRE DANCE
Roots of Rumba Northwich will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists. The event includes a theatre show and classes.

Workshops Times: Pop up workshops throughout the daytime
Performance Times: 7.30pm
Venue: Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Ln, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES
COSTS
Adults: £9.50 + booking fee*
Children £6.50 + booking fee*
BOOK 

NEWCASTLE
12-13TH JULY: NEWCASTLE: DANCE CITY & KOMMUNITY
In Newcastle, Ella Mesma will showcase a dance theatre piece called ‘Ladylike’ on the 12th July along with guest djing by Selectorchico TM and pop up events throughout the building. On the 13th, local professionals and emerging artists with an interest in diaspora dance theatre will be invited to workshop and share their ideas with Ella Mesma, then some acts will share at a performance tba. The sharing will be followed with a party at Kommunity with a free class and music by Selectorchico TM.
12th July: An Evening with Ella Mesma: Dance City

(Including workshops, DJ, activities and a performance of LADYLIKE): Arrive from 6.30pm onwards
13th July: CPD Day (for performers) (Application only): Dance City. Roots of Rumba (Sharing): 13th July: 8pm
After Party: 9.30 pm onwards (Kommunity) with the world renowned Selectorchico TM and a free dance class.
Venue: Dance City Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR
Kommunity Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BH
COSTS:
ADULTS: £9.50
Students & under 18s: £8.00
Afterparty: Pay as you feel!

LEEDS
20TH JULY: LEEDS: YORKSHIRE DANCE & THE WARDROBE
Roots of Rumba Leeds will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists, followed by an after party with the world renowned DJ Lubi.  The event includes a theatre show and classes.
Workshops (Yorkshire Dance): 20th JULY: 6-8pm
Roots of Rumba (Yorkshire Dance): 20th JULY: 8pm
After Party: 20th JULY: 10pm onwards (Wardrobe)
VENUES: Yorkshire Dance Centre, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH
The Wardrobe, St. Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH
COSTS:
Adults: £9.50 + booking fee*
Children £6.50 + booking fee*
AFTERPARTY: FREE!

LONDON
15th SEPTEMBER: LONDON: RICHMIX

In the week running up to the event, local professionals and emerging artists with an interest in diaspora dance theatre will be invited to workshop and share their ideas with Ella Mesma.
Roots of Rumba London (In Richmix: the birthplace of Roots of Rumba) will showcase diaspora dance theatre from local, national and international professionals and emerging artists. The event includes a theatre show and classes. The sharing will be followed with an afterparty in Richmix.
CPD Day (for performers) (Application only) (Richmix) (Weekdays in the run up to the show)
Workshops (Richmix): (Subject to change) 15th September: 10-5pm
Roots of Rumba (Richmix): 15th September: 7.30pm
After Party:  15th September: 10pm onwards (Richmix)
COSTS:
Full day and evening ticket (11am – Close): £15 full / £12 concessions.
Evening ticket only (7pm – Close): £12 / £10 concessions.
Afterparty: free to ticket holders or £5
VENUE: Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

 

 


 

ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY (Mariposa on tour)

I am extremely excited to announce that I have been granted an AIDF fund (Artists’ International Development Fund) funded by the British Council and Arts Council England, to collaborate with poet Toni Stuart in Cape Town in South Africa. We will be developing Papyllon using silks, poetry, papyrus and paint to question what it means to be a ‘citizen of the world,’ and will performing the duet at the ICA and the Open Book Festival in August and September.

I will also perform an extract of Papyllon for COLLABO Bristol on the 23rd June (flyer above).

‘Papyllon’ is an exploration and celebration of identity, femininity, ethnicity, soul inspired by the four stages of transformation in the lifecycle of the butterfly.

Butterfly facts:
Around the world, the butterfly represents transformation, renewal, life, the soul.

The Greeks likened the butterfly’s constant flitting from flower to flower to the restlessness of the mind: constantly changing from subject to subject. The Greek word for butterfly is ‘psyche’ from where we get our word ‘psychology’ – the study of the mind.

The colours and patterns we see on a Butterfly’s wings are actually made by the reflection of hundreds of tiny scales covering their white wings… so their beautiful patterns are actually a trick of the light!

 


A snippet from rehearsals at the LDIF 2018 festival with the help of insight from company dancers David Evans and Patrick Ziza we rethought the Papyllon costume!

 

CALENDER 

23RD JUNE 2018: BRISTOL
COLLABO AT CIRCOMEDIA
PAPYLLON (an extract)
Tickets: Collabo by Avant Garde Dance Company

6TH JULY: BRISTOL
TRINITY CENTRE
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
Trinity Community Arts, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

7TH JULY: NORTHWICH:
LION SALT WORKS & CHESHIRE DANCE
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Ln, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES
BOOK 

12-13TH JULY: NEWCASTLE
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
DANCE CITY & KOMMUNITY
12th July: An Evening with Ella Mesma: Dance City
13th July: CPD Day/ After Party:
Dance City Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR
Kommunity Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BH

20TH JULY: LEEDS
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
YORKSHIRE DANCE & THE WARDROBE
Yorkshire Dance Centre, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH
The Wardrobe, St. Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH

AUGUST-9TH SEPTEMBER: South Africa (AIDF)

15TH SEPTEMBER: LONDON
ROOTS OF RUMBA UK TOUR
RICHMIX
Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

3RD NOVEMBER
WCOL
Following on from She Created Her Life we have created an event for all!

 


LADIES LAST
(Chickens on tour)
 

We have our last Ladylike show coming up at Dance City in Newcastle and it is going to be a little different!

The house will open at around 6pm with guest djing by the amazing SelectorchicoTM and pop up events in the building.

Born in Sweden in 1978 as a stateless person, with both mother and father Uruguayan political refugees in exile, Selectorchico resides in Montevideo, Uruguay and is a DJ, and active music producer since 1999. He has edited on independent labels such as Angel’s Egg (Japan) Vampi Soul (Spain) Flora & Fauna (Sweden) Frente Bolivarista, Psicotropicodelia (Brazil) Soundsister (Mexico) Sondor ( Uy) and having participated in festivals FILE (Brazil) FUSION (Germany) VAMOS (UK) Liminaria (Italy) Latinarab (Argentina) and has an amazing and very individual sound!

There will also be an exhibition of some amazing artwork! Check out local artist and photographer Nicola Hunter’s images of the show here.

12th July: An Evening with Ella Mesma: Dance City

Arrive from 6.00pm onwards

Venue: Dance City Temple St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR

And we are excited to tell you that Azara WILL be joining us! Azara couldn’t bear to miss the last one and so will be flying back from LA especially!

Show information and tickets

 

We would love to hear from you: Is there something else you would like to hear about? Would you like us to be involved with your project? Do you have an idea you would like help to bring to life? Do you just want to share an opinion with us?  Don’t be shy: we will be happy to create, collaborate, receive or just listen!
Thank you from us all at Ella Mesma Company xxx

 

 

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“A beautiful collage raw and honest physicality which holds you from beginning to end.” Alice Henry, Dance City

***** Audience members at Dance City

You have made a very intelligent piece – you lifted your very personal work into the realm of provocative and meaningful call-and-response: vital and timely thoughts and concerns. It became political, personal, emotional, sensual, positive and strong” Tim Rubidge, Dance City

“Original use of silks and fabrics – loved the sensory rolling on the fabric on the floor. Soundtrack supportive and rich I got lost in the piece – the lights, the membrane like fabric, the braids”, Audience member, Dance City

“Tremendous personal performance with a clear and significant theme” Audience member, Dance City

“Physically there was so much control in her movement and physique it was a strong performance to watch” Leanne a Johnson, Moving Frontiers

***** Audience members at Dance City

“Tremendous personal performance with a clear and significant theme” Audience member, Dance City

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