SPOTLIGHT on Toni Stuart: poet

Whilst I was in Capetown, I regularly attended flamenco classes with the wonderful La Tanya of Solo Flamenco with Toni Stuart. Toni was interviewed by La Tanya and we were supported by many wonderful Flamenco dancers at the show. Below is Tanya’s interview. Read the original article at http://soloflamenco.co.za/blog/2018/8/30/spotlight-on-toni-stuart-poet

I would normally interview people who have been at SoloFLAMENCO for a while so that I have a feel for their ‘entrañas’ … but this is not the case with Toni Stuart who joined our studio only this year.

But who would not like to know more about Toni when you find out she is a poet … yes, you read those words correctly, a poet by profession.

So if you are thinking WTF, swallow your thoughts and we will try and cover the most basic questions to give an overview of the life of a poet.

[If you just used Google translator to understand the word ‘entrañas’ and you feeling disgusted by the thought of bowels/ guts/ intestines: I understand, but the Spanish and flamencos often refer to ‘entrañas’ as it suggests our innermost self and sound corny in English]

What are the most stupid questions you get asked, when people meet you the first time and hear you are a poet?

Haha, I love this question! Well it’s not so much a stupid question, but the first reaction I always get is: A very shocked expression on someone’s face, and then they either ask me, (or if I’m with a friend, they’ll ask a friend in disbelief) “how do you make money?”

I earn an income in three overall ways: commissions to write poems, payment for performances or running workshops.

How does one become a poet?

I think there are many people who are poets, they might just not make a living through their poetry. My journey to being a full-time poet who earns a living doing this work, was a strange one. I worked in journalism and then youth development before taking the leap. When I decided to be a full-time artist, I had already been writing and performing poetry for a number of years. My suggestion for anyone starting out would be:

– read a lot (not just poetry, everything)

– write a lot

– research full-time poets and artists (musicians, dancers, actors, filmmakers, theatremakers) whose work you respect and admire, and whose creative practice & work ethic and business you respect and admire. study what they do and see which aspects of it, you can apply to your own career

– find a mentor who would be willing to support you AND shadow other poets who are doing the kind of work that you want to do for eg: if you want to teach, spend time with a poet who works in schools and learn from them

– identify the ways in which you can generate an income

– create a website where people can learn about what you do

– learn the business side of the arts business – what are standard rates for performances, for commissions; how to invoice, draw up a project budget, apply for funding

Is there a specific theme that you enjoy writing about, or that drives your poetry?

What drives my poetry is the community I come from – I was born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, and my work is driven by a deep desire to bring about healing and a sense of agency in my own community and the people I come from. I want to tell the stories and re-imagine new stories that will give people classified as coloured/mixed, a sense of belonging to ourselves, and each other and the wider world around us.

The themes I’m currently writing about are grief, identity and the heroine’s journey.

What is the most challenging part of being a poet?

Ensuring that I create and schedule enough time in my week/month to sit down and write – to work at my craft and keep working away at the book I’m writing. This is a challenge because as a self-employed artist there are so many other things to do as well: all of the business & financial admin, marketing, as well as funding applications, and applications for other programmes. Then, when creating a show, there’s all of the meetings and producing side of things. My next goal is working towards hiring an administrative assistant and/ or producer.

What do you enjoy most about being a poet?

Writing and reading. I get grumpy when I’ve gone for a long period without reading and writing. Then I just want to be left alone (I turn my phone off, I don’t answer a knock on the front door) to write for a while.

Also, seeing when or how my work speaks to people – how it allows them to connect with a part of themselves they hadn’t been able to see or hear before, or, when people say: “This is my experience too, you’re speaking my life.” Also, when my work allows people to connect with each other.

Have you been published … If yes, where can people buy your works

I haven’t published my own poetry collection yet, I’m currently writing that book. But I have work published in a few anthologies and you can listen to/watch some of my work here:

Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a cape jazz poem in three movements

My soundcloud page

BBC Radio Scotland – Poetry Postcards

Ma Ek Ko Huistoe – Badilisha Poetry Radio

You will be performing PAPYLLON at UCT’s ICA Live Art Festival on Sunday September 2. Tell us more about the work

Papyllon is a collaboration with UK dancer Ella Mesma. The work is a deeply personal piece for both of us. It takes the form of the heroine’s journey and speaks about our mixed heritages; what we, as women, learn and don’t learn from our mothers; and how we step into our own lives. It is such an incredible experience making this show – we are both being stretched and challenged – personally and creatively.

Why Flamenco?

In 2016 and 2017 I collaborated with UK flamenco company dotdotdot dance which we performed at Sadler’s Wells in London and in Manchester. I absolutely loved the experience and I learnt so much about flamenco and fell in love with it – the way the music, and the singing, the compas and the footwork all sync together. There is this absolute connection with each aspect of flamenco, everything HAS to sit together otherwise it doesn’t work. What draws me most to the dance is that, you can’t dance or sing flamenco without bringing every single part of yourself to the floor. You have to dance from your ovaries, you have to sing from your ovaries. Imagine if we all lived that way? What a different world we would create together.

Toni will also be appearing on Wednesday 5 September with dancer, choreographer and dramaturge Ella Mesma in PAPYLLON at the Fugard Theatre, as part of the Open Book Festival.

Booking info:http://openbookfestival.co.za/programme/papillon/

For more info visit on Toni:

http://www.tonistuart.com

Twitter: @nomadpoet

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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

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