My name is Ella, and I am an artist. It is my pleasure to meet you here.
As well as having had an amazing career as a performer, I own and direct Ella Mesma Company: with whom I have enjoyed some incredible opportunities across the globe.
Ella in Portuguese sounds like Ela, meaning her, and Mesma means real, so this is the real her company: and reflects our mission as a company to seek our truth via storytelling.
Ella Mesma Company have enjoyed some incredible opportunities across the globe, and I am so grateful for every part of it: every success, every failure has brought me here… it is all absolutely a gift and a shaping of the art I make and how I communicate my story.
I am also an entrepreneur: Business Yoga is a project close to my heart, which is about bringing wellbeing into the office, and Maya Gandaia is where I run and offer all my yoga classes and my PathFor series which I developed here on Ella Mesma Company.
This is how we began! Almost as soon as I finished my dance training my dream came true and I was invited to apprentice with Upswing Circus specialising in silks… but then after creating my first solo under Ella Mesma Company (Evol) I had a voicemail on my phone from Russell Maliphant: a choreographer I had looked up for for many years, asking me to R&D for his company, and so (after nerves around making the first phonecall), I quit everything to join his company and decided to dedicate myself to dance 100%. Some of my most epic performance memories include touring internationally with the Russell Maliphant Company (The Rodin Project) (best moment NYC, worst moments: the lows of company life: big personalities and egos (including my own), plus I was still living with my imposter syndrome), performing for Lea Anderson (Trying it On: The Chomondeleys) (just a wonderful experience in every way! Best moment: impersonating Elvis!), the Olympics Opening Ceremony (wonderful memories of my first deep meditative experiences and profound friendships) as well as the WCMT and AIDF awards which took me to Brazil, Cuba and South Africa where I worked with an incredible poet and artist: Toni Stuart.
I decided to pursue my childhood dream of making my own art and so I created Ella Mesma Company, premiering with a solo at Breakin Convention: a total dream come true! (This was also the show that Russell Maliphant saw and based on this invited me to join the company). I have since been so lucky to have been commissioned by Sadler’s Wells (Wild Card), Dance City (as Associate Dance Artist 2016-2017) and the National Circus Centre (Papyllon), as well as having had my work performed at The ICA Festival in South Africa (Papyllon) and at the Women in Dance Leadership Conference in New York (Ladylike).
Our work tends to focus around healing, uplifting, transformation, creating opportunity for the less seen and less heard on stage, and the path for enlightenment!
Ladylike was also second place for best production for the Lukas awards (Latin UK Awards) 2018. I also decided to bring back my love of silks and made a solo around my own path for enlightenment called Papyllon (inspired by the life cycle of the butterfly). We are currently working on Foreign Bodies: An Underwater Love Story: a multi sensory experience about the complexity and simplicity of the human experience. the interconnectedness of love, the illusion of fear and how it manifests in to separation, racism, otherness. Connected by a game show host and danced by a cast of Jellyfish (I doubt you have ever seen anything quite like it!)
We would love to hear from you, be it for workshops, performances or coaching experiences or if you just want to connect and collaborate!