“Ella Mesma Company’s ‘Ajé’ carried that vital spark of originality” Graham Watts at The Place
Ajé in Yoruba is said to be ‘both a spiritual power as well as the humans who use that power. It’s owners and controllers are women.
Inspired by and paying homage to the Orixas (deities) of Yoruba mythology, each with individual attributes and skills connected to nature, Ajé explores the story of four strong female warriors.
About the Work
Touring availability: Ready for touring
Minimum performance space: 8×7 metres
Tech Spec: Please click here to download the tech spec for this work
Wraparound: We offer workshops on Afro Cuban or Afro Brazilian dance, The Elements, Dance and language (Spanish or Portuguese), and a creative theatre project reinterpreting the work in schools.
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About the creation
This work was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, RBKC and The Chelsea Theatre, with mentoring from Shelley Maxwell.
Choreography: Ella Mesma and dancers
Dancers: Anna Alvarez, Ella Mesma, Gabriela Montgomery-Solano, Mariana Camiloti
Music: “Orixas” composed by Matthew Patrick Olden with extracts from: “Homa” by Shahrokh Yadegari, Azam Ali & Keyavash Nourai; “Aideu”by Conjunto Céspedes and “Home”by Armand Amar & Gombodorj Byambajargal
Lighting: Ciaran Cunningham
Mentor: Shelley Maxwell
“Twenty minutes of pure Contemporary dance at its most physical and most sensual. Rhythmic and gymnastic, the piece (tells) a captivating story of female strength and solidarity” Lilia Prier Tisdale