April Updates

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Ẹ n lẹ! Salut! Olá! Hello! Waaaaaah!

April is exciting! Here are our updates in brief:

IETM (We just performed a sold out show at the International network for contemporary performing arts)
We got our Arts Council funding and start tomorrow in Liverpool at Metal… plus a sharing and an underwater photoshoot
Crowd Funder (We invite you to contribute to our photoshoot)
We got a Leeds Inspired Grant for a project for young women called The Masks We Wear
We have some exciting new classes, coming up, plus a discount code for newsletter readers
I will be leading a session at Bench Bitesize at Kala Sangam
Coaching results announced

Below you can read more, or head to our website to find out more. Have a wonderful April

We would love to hear from you, bring a show or class to you, help you on your creative journey or see you in our workshops soon.

Much love,

Ella xxx

IETM: Ladylike came back to life! And we were sold out!
It was such a special experience for me to revive the show but also step out as a dancer and bring in the wonderful Lucia Afonso! it felt great to have all eyes on the work and be able to bring hope to this powerful piece about sisterhood, and breaking out of the stories and stereotypes that don’t serve us.

Missed it? Here is the full performance plus Q&A from Hull, or just watch the original short trailer to catch the highlights! https://vimeo.com/327961512

Thank you to all of the awesome IETM team especially Chris, Rebecca, Sami and Albert Meijer, Caroline Burn who audio described the piece, our new friend Danielle of EJC Cajuput Oils, Graham Roberts who helped us bring the skypans back, Ferens Art Gallery, and all the awesome audience!

Here is an audience quote:“Ladylike should be compulsory watching for the world” Chris Megginson

Arts Council Funding: Foreign Bodies: An underwater love story
We are super happy to announce that we got our funding and will be going into R&D phase 2 for our immersive technology jellyfish love story.

Told through the narration of our host Milton Lopes, Foreign Bodies is a love story which takes place underwater. Using the metaphor of Jellyfish and beautiful lights, ‘Foreign Bodies’ looks at fear vs love: using medical understandings of disease and media references around migration to explore the experience of ‘other’ and to allow love to overcome racism. It is also an interactive anonymous quiz show developed with Gentlemen Octopus Limited that explores what it means to be a citizen of the world: taking samples of citizenship tests to create the ultimate quiz with a twist.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible, and we are excited to spend a week in Liverpool at Metal, and a week in Bristol at Trinity Centre… didn’t receive your invite to our sharing? Let us know and we will send you an invitation!

Crowd Funding Campaign
Want to donate towards our underwater photoshoot planned for the Easter weekend? Follow this link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/foreign-bodies-an-underwater-love-shoot
Leeds Inspired Grant: The Masks We Wear
Watch this space for more information: We will be announcing a call out very soon for 12 young women to take part in a partnership with Vamos Festival Leeds and a very talented costume designer exploring the masks we put on in our every day life…
New Classes: HOME Series, Women’s Group and the BENCH Bitesized
What is the HOME Series? Think of it as a beautiful path to come home to your authentic self!

I originally developed the content of the HOME series  workshops to facilitate the telling of the performers stories and dealing with all the stuff that comes up in the studio in a way that was healing and affirming. They have evolved into a series of 7 movement meditations inspired by the chakra system. (Read more here):

Upcoming Workshops:

13th April: Join 2Faced Dance Company and guests Rebecca Evans, Louise Katerega, Ella Mesma and Alex Croft at Kala Sangam  Ella Mesma Session: How we deal with conflict in the studio. Looking at the psychology and interpersonal skills needed to manage relationships.

14th April: SACRED at Trinity, Bristol : Pleasure and Shadows

“I live in a queendom, ruled by a womb-iverse.” Erykah Badu

Connecting to our divine feminine wisdom, SACRED was inspired by the Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana), SACRED is a transformative women’s only workshop to worship you! SACRED uses fertility dances, yoga and explorative dance to explore and experience our emotions, the ‘shoulds’ and ‘should nots’, pleasure and boundaries in an unashamed and delicious way. *Wear Orange

15-19th April: Join us for Company Class in Bristol! £4 or pay for all five sessions for £15

23rd April-4th June: Join me for a Kundalini Yoga class: Journey through the Chakras at Ookushana, Leeds

28th April: CREATE at The Place, London (This will be the last one in London for a while as I will be going into a space to create new content and retreat for a while so grab your space quick!)

4th May: SACRED at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

11th May: SACRED at Siendo, Lisbon

Here is a special discount to the London classes for Newsletter readers: http://bit.ly/2U3hfkI

Retreats: Fancy coming on retreat with us? Watch this space…

Quotes from Class: “The knowledge she gave, the vibe created and being able to access the “Home” place we so regularly forget about and overlook, all led to a soul warming and fulfilling experience. I would highly recommend all artists from any background to take Ella’s workshops” Kiran Kumar, Student, Leeds

“You bring a lot of calm and safety to the room, holding space for everyone and making us comfortable and connected quite easily. Your workshop was really playful which I think is so important and I really enjoyed the fact that it mixed a lot of different techniques and influences, giving us opportunities to use our bodies, minds, voices, theatrical skills… And I also liked the fact that it had strong spiritual/ self-love and self-care element without being too serious. Laughter and dance all the way!” Melanie Berard, London

Coaching announced
Thank you for all the applications: We have written to you all personally, and now are excited to announce the winner of a year long partnership of Coaching to unleash creativity goes to…. Danielle Byars who has just launched her new products of Lioness Wellness this month! We will be checking in with Danielle on her project next month…
And that is all for this month. We have honestly loved sharing the dance floor with you (Especially everyone at the Joburg Afro Latin Congress: what a magical experience!)

Thanks to everyone who has attended class, written to me personally with feedback: I have absolutely loved working with you!

Thank you for having us Dance Studio Leeds, and to everyone at Yorkshire Dance who have supported the magic of March. Above is a picture from the awesome Dance On project I am part of in Leeds taken at Toast Love Coffee an awesome project in Harehills.

Thank you for reading!

Have a wonderful month and see you on the dance floor soon!

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March Updates

Ẹ n lẹ! Salut! Olá! Hello!

Welcome all our friends and supporters: Here are our March updates in brief:

IETM
Classes, Workshops and a discount code for newsletter readers
South Africa
Bench Bitesize
Arts Council

Below you can read more, or head to our website to find out the nitty gritty details!

Have a wonderful March into Spring (with a little snow, hail and sunshine too)!

We would love to hear from you, help you on your creative journey and see you in our workshops soon!

Much love,

Ella xxx

Foreign Bodies: An underwater love story
We are super happy to announce that we got our funding and will be going into R&D phase 2 for our immersive technology jellyfish love story! Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible, and we are excited to spend a week in Liverpool at Metal, and a week in Bristol at Trinity Centre
Upcoming Workshops: HOME Series and the BENCH Bitesized
I originally developed the content of the HOME series  workshops to facilitate the telling of the performers stories in a way that was healing and affirming. They have evolved into a series of 7 movement meditations inspired by the chakra system.

Chakras are the centres in our bodies in which energy flows through: if they are blocked this keeps us from flowing freely in our lives, for example feeling grounded, our ability to accept others and new experiences, our ability to be confident and in control of our lives, our ability to love and be loved.

We all have our natural and unique talents to share with the world, and I love draw these out in everyone: coming home to who we are through imagination and how we move authentically! (Read more here):

16th-17th March: Joburg Afro Latin Festival , Johannesburg, South Africa

31st March: SING at The Place, London

13th April: Join 2Faced Dance Company and guests Rebecca Evans, Louise Katerega, Ella Mesma and Alex Croft at Kala Sangam 

14th April: SACRED at Trinity, Bristol

28th April: CREATE at The Place, London

4th May: SACRED at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

11th May: SACRED at Siendo, Lisbon

Here is a special discount to the London classes for Newsletter readers: http://bit.ly/2U3hfkI

I will also be leading a 7 week Kundalini course at Ookushana: more information coming soon: watch this space…

IETM: We will be flapping our wings once more!
(Photo above by Anna Miller from Harambee Pasadia)

We are super excited to announce that Ladylike is back!

Dancers Azara Meghie, Hsing Ya Wu, Anna Alvarez and Lucia Afonso and choreographer Ella Mesma will be bringing back Ladylike next month at the IETM in Hull!

Come and join us? Ladylike is a superheroines journey about gender roles and relationships: Are you a chicken or are you a heroine? In the wake of #MeToo comes a funny and furious show from Ella Mesma Company.

https://www.ietm.org/en/ietm-hull-plenary-meeting-2019/session/ladylike-ella-mesma

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2019: February: IETM, South Africa, HOME Series…

Ẹ n lẹ! Salut! Olá! Hello!

Welcome all our friends and supporters and thank you for your patience with our February updates and news: boy have we been busy!

Here are our updates in brief:

IETM…
Classes, Workshops and a discount code for newsletter readers
South Africa…

Below you can read more, or head to our website to find out the nitty gritty details!

Have a wonderful march into Spring!

We would love to hear from you, help you on your being human journey and see you in our workshops soon!

Much love,

IETM: We will be flapping our wings once more!

(Photo above by Anna Miller from Harambee Pasadia)

We are super excited to announce that Ladylike is back!

Dancers Azara Meghie, Hsing Ya Wu, Anna Alvarez and Lucia Afonso and choreographer Ella Mesma will be bringing back Ladylike next month at the IETM in Hull!

Come and join us? Ladylike is a superheroines journey about gender roles and relationships: Are you a chicken or are you a heroine? In the wake of #MeToo comes a funny and furious show from Ella Mesma Company.

https://www.ietm.org/en/ietm-hull-plenary-meeting-2019/session/ladylike-ella-mesma

Upcoming Workshops: HOME Series and The Masks We Wear

I originally developed the content of the HOME series workshops to facilitate the telling of the performers stories in a way that was healing and affirming. They have evolved into a series of 7 movement meditations inspired by the chakra system.

Chakras are the centres in our bodies in which energy flows through: if they are blocked this keeps us from flowing freely in our lives, for example feeling grounded, our ability to accept others and new experiences, our ability to be confident and in control of our lives, our ability to love and be loved.

We all have our natural and unique talents to share with the world, and I love draw these out in everyone: coming home to who we are through imagination and how we move authentically! (Read more here):

24th February: WOMB at The Place, London TIMES: 16.00-18.00

2nd March: HOME at Siendo Art of Being, Lisbon

8th March: The Masks We Wear at Encounters at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds (Enquire here)

31st March: SING at The Place, London

14th April: WOMB at Trinity, Bristol

28th April: CREATE at The Place, London

Here is a special discount for Newsletter readers: http://bit.ly/2U3hfkI

I also teach a regular yoga class at https://theyogaspace.co.uk/
Teaching at the Afro Latin Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa

I will be teaching at the Johannesburg Afro Latin Festival 14 – 17 March 2019! alongside an incredible line up of artists!

I am super excited to return to SA after a wonderful six weeks there this summer and to be teaching at such an incredible festival: The Johannesburg Afro Latin Festival is about bringing cultures, nations, races and age-groups together through afro-latin music and dance and celebrating the energy and regeneration of johannesburg, otherwise known as ‘Jozi’… read more about the line up, co founders and more below:

http://www.afrolatinfestival.co.za/

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Nigeria for the Imo State Carnival

I have just landed from what I can only describe as the best, most extreme, most epic trip of my life: Nigeria really felt like a high vibrational place where all the spiritual journeys I have been on over the last four years began to take on a deeper meaning.

Travelling with Global Grooves and Gemz Mas Band for the Imo State Carnival, the best way to describe Nigeria is as medicine for the soul: not always easy but transformational if you are able to receive the lessons… Even where to begin with the day to day experiences of Nigeria I cannot… but I feel I truly understood the saying “As above so below” because with each disaster, an equally amazing experience happened: for each moment of bliss, there was an equally as shocking one… but truly, I think that they were only so sweet tasting because the harshness of some experiences meant we could truly step into gratitude and thus abundance and realise that it’s not about everything being perfect but about seeing the perfection in each moment…

Thank you Nigeria! I hope to meet you again soon

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Dreaming big for 2019. EMC News and a New Years Eve Eve gift for you

E ku odun, Eku iyedun, Bonne Année,  Feliz Ano Novo, Happy New Year!

Welcome all our friends and supporters to our January newsletter!

Wooooow it is nearly 2019 and what an amazing last month of 2018:

Kundalini learnings with the Karam Kriya School,
Featuring in on the big screen in Beth Rowley’s Forest Fire at the London International Film Festival (which also took home two awards),
The launch of Business Yoga,
The launch of two films with Dancing Words at the Free Word Centre,
The chance to see the Athlone Young Poets who I met during my British Council funded trip to South Africa working with poet Toni Stuart perform in London (sponsored by The Barbican),
Launching with represent North in Leeds,
Completing my first two months working at Yorkshire Dance on a project with Older people,
Flying to Nigeria with Global Grooves and Gemz Mas Band.

Above is a photo taken in Nigeria whilst parading with Global Grooves at the IMO State carnival. Below you can read a snippet from my blog about the experience… full blog will be released in January.

I am excited to get this newsletter out to you before January begins, because I hear that the 5th January is the perfect time to dream big and make your new years intentions and so, I wanted to give away a free and magic worksheet made up of many different tools I have learnt and been taught that helped me to look back and review 2018 and to face forward and dream big for 2019!

At the link you will see some easy exercises that will take you about 15 minutes to complete and will help you make 2019 your best year yet!

http://ellamesma.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/New-Year-Intentions-inspirations.pdf

Wishing you a beautiful beginning to 2019 and we hope you have given yourself time to rest, recharge and reflect!

Below you can also read all about next months workshops which I am super excited to be touring across the UK and further afield plus you can make the most of our early bird discount.

And you can catch the trailer/interview for our new project Foreign Bodies, find the links to the poetry dance films which launched this month, and read a snippet from my latest blog about a beautiful trip to Nigeria!

Happy New Year,

Much love,

Ella xxx

Nigeria for the Imo State Carnival
I have just landed from what I can only describe as the best, most extreme, most epic trip of my life: Nigeria really felt like a high vibrational place where all the spiritual journeys I have been on over the last four years began to take on a deeper meaning.

Travelling with Global Grooves and Gemz Mas Band for the Imo State Carnival, the best way to describe Nigeria is as medicine for the soul: not always easy but transformational if you are able to receive the lessons… Even where to begin with the day to day experiences of Nigeria I cannot… but I feel I truly understood the saying “As above so below” because with each disaster, an equally amazing experience happened: for each moment of bliss, there was an equally as shocking one… but truly, I think that they were only so sweet tasting because the harshness of some experiences meant we could truly step into gratitude and thus abundance and realise that it’s not about everything being perfect but about seeing the perfection in each moment…

Full blog coming in 2019

Upcoming Workshops: HEART and HOME
HOME Series Workshops: Dates for your diary and discounts.
I have recently developed 7 workshops which are touring the UK and Europe using both movement and meditation. These workshops are designed to heal, open and empower, and each is inspired by a specific chakra.

I developed these workshops to unleash the dancer inside all of us: to move uniquely, to create authentically, to respond, to lead, to follow. Just like nature, we all have our natural and unique talents to share with the world, and I love to use beautiful rhythms, magic and creative imagination to draw these out and come home to who we are together and how we move authentically.

HEART is a movement meditation which uses different techniques from contemporary and partner dances to get back in touch with ourselves and to remember how to communicate without words. Danced to Latin and other awesome tracks HEART includes lifting, one to one and group partner combinations as well as meditations to connect to the heart.

Upcoming Sessions:12th January: HEART and HOME at Trinity, Bristol

19th January: HEART at Siendo, Lisbon 

27th January: HEART at The Place

Prices:
Earlybird: £15 (Pay before 7th January)
Drop in class: £20
Buy four classes: £50 (£12.50 per class)

Beth Rowley’s Forest Fire
Dancing Words: Poetry dance collborations
Dancing Words presented 3 new poetry dance films featuring the work of 3 exceptional British poets. Catch the full length videos here:
Warsan Shire
Caleb Femi
Mimi Khalvati
Foreign Bodies: An Underwater Love Story

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