Ella mesma company
It is a pleasure to meet you here! My name is Ella, and I created Ella Mesma Company to make work by the superheroes I wanted to see on stage.
I love to work with the dances of the Orishas, contemporary and Hip Hop styles to create theatre collaboratively with my company. I am super inspired by dance as a healing ritual, a gateway for transformation and positive change (can art be activism? Can we use it, like a hammer, to shape the world I/we want to see?). I have a holistic approach to creativity, creating from a space of connectivity to self, safety and purpose.
As I didn’t dance until late, it is important to me to reach those who don’t necessarily have a background in theatre, and as a womxn of mixed heritage, I strive for my cast and the stories we tell to be super-hero(ine) voices under represented onstage.
I also love to connect with my audience through discussions and play (whilst ensuring the audience never feel pressured to join in!)
Thank you to Pavillion Dance South West, where Ella is Artist in Residence, to Geraldine Connor Foundation where Ella is an Associate Artist and to Arts Council England for continued support through public funding.