A protest about ‘dis-ease’: fear of ‘unknown’ and ‘cultural contamination’ as it ‘spreads from one generation to the next’. It tells the stories of individuals on a human level, and echoes the bigger story: ancestry, evolution and power structures historically.
“As part of a new wave of UK choreographers that defy easy categorisation, Ella is making super exciting work.” Dan Canham
“Artistically, scientifically and culturally significant… promises to be a powerful and dramatic work of richly layered relevancies.” Katy Noakes, OneDance UK
“Ella has situated this work at a fertile intersection of styles and approaches to dance that add up to more than the sum of their parts. The vocabulary shifts and unfolds throughout.” Dan Canham
One Sheet Tour Pack: http://ellamesma.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Foreign-Bodies-Info-Pack.pdf
Touring availability: From 2019 (We are currently seeking commissions and funding to make the full length work: Please direct all enquiries to Fergus Evans at Big Feast Arts
Minimum performance space: 8 x 8 metres
Sound: Sound run from laptop (Q-lab) over PA system
Needs: Suitable dance flooring
Lighting: Adaptable to venue specifications… Please enquire about use of digital technology
About the creation
2017: Supported by a two week IGNITE residency at Trinity Centre in Bristol and a phase one commission from Dance City in Newcastle and in kind support from Artists4Artists: London.
2018: Supported by Metal: Liverpool and via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme with in kind support from Dance City Newcastle.
Artistic Director: Ella Mesma
Dancers: Patrick Ziza, David Evans
Lighting: Ciaran Cunningham
Music: Ghosts 1: Nine Inch Nails, Sesha: African Roots featuring Bucks
Photography: Camilla Greenwell
28th September 2017: Dance Edits: DanceCity: Newcastle: As part of a Phase One Commission
First residency: IGNITE: Summer 2017 Resident Artist at Trinity Centre Bristol
21st July 2017: Scratch Dat: Artists4Artists: Richmix: London
About the Piece
Foreign Bodies is a protest about ‘dis-ease’: the fear of ‘unknown’ and ‘cultural contamination’ as it ‘spreads from one generation to the next’.