Foreign Bodies is an underwater love story celebrating mixed heritage Britain and the beauty and collision of cultural differences. Actor Milton Lopes presents an interactive quiz show using the latest technology in development with Gentleman Octopus Limited to take a funny, frank look at fear and juxtapose it with love and jellyfish. In an age where globalisation connects and divide us, ‘Foreign Bodies’ crosses borders and oceans, illuminating the enormity of time to tell the stories of individuals and echo the bigger stories: ancestry, evolution and the haunting legacy of historical power structures.
“Artistically, scientifically and culturally significant… a powerful and dramatic work of richly layered relevancies.” Katy Noakes, OneDance UK
“Ella has situated (Foreign Bodies) at a fertile intersection of styles and approaches to dance.” Dan Canham, Artistic Director, Stillhouse
“I was absolutely mesmerised” Heidi Samson, Youth Worker, Creative Youth Network
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Our Partners and Supporters:
Concept and Direction: Ella Mesma
Dancers: Isaac Ouro Gnao, David Evans, Lucia Afonso, Franck Arnaud Lusbec, Elsabet Yonas (and we honour Patrick Ziza who was involved in the first R&D of the work)
Actor: Milton Lopes
Choreography: Ella Mesma and Dancers
Script: Ella Mesma with extracts written by Edson Burton and input from Milton Lopes, Luke Pell and Edson Burton
Costume: Sabrina Henry
Lighting: Ciaran Cunningham
Music: Written by Sabio Janiak: piano, vocal, didgeridoo, ocarina, drums, programming, percussion, clarinet, electronica by Sabio Janiak. Duele vocal by Ella Mesma, Povo vocal by Nuno Silva
Technology: Benjamin Winstone & Gentleman Octopus
Dramaturgical Support: Luke Pell through South East Dance (Dramaturg in Residence 2018) and Edson Burton
Photography: Jessica Mitchell
Funding and support: Arts Council of England, Metal Liverpool, Trinity Centre, South East Dance, Eclipse Theatre, Pervasive Media Studio, Serendipity, Dance City, Dance Umbrella, Sadler’s Wells, Crowd Funding, Fergus Evans, Theatre Bristol, Rachel Bradbear, Annie Rigby, Degna Stone.
Thank you: This work began in 2017 with 1 week of R&D, a further 2 weeks (funded) in 2018, and this two week opportunity in 2019, but has included extensive research spanning continents and crossing borders. A huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of this work, in particular to:
Arts Council of England, South East Dance (Dramaturg in Residence 2018), Metal Liverpool, Crowdfunder donaters, Serendipity, Dance City, Patricia Stead, Jeff Dean, Sadler’s Wells, Trinity Centre, Eclipse Theatre, Artists4Artists, Selfe, Hayleigh Sellors, Edson Burton, AIDF, Pervasive Media Studio, Gentleman Octopus, Fergus Evans, Patrick Ziza, Dani Sands, all the performers, Chloe Wills, Mum, Dad and Friends who have supported.