Foreign Bodies

 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.

 QUOTES

“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.

Production credits: 

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

Previous performances

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’.
 
Foreign Bodies highlights that despite a worldwide web that knows no borders, we hold onto colonial ideas of border control, illegal immigrants and nationalism. It tells the stories of individuals on a human level, and echoes the bigger story: ancestry, evolution and the haunting manifestation of power structures historically.
 
Building upon themes of religion and science, the dancers pulsate to Afro House and Kuduro rhythms, intertwining folkloric, contemporary, and hip-hop into a codified subculture.
 
‘Cultural contagion’ becomes a visual metaphor, and viewers will peer into moments across generations and cultures that illuminate entire life stories and the enormity of time.
 
‘Foreign Bodies’ interrogates our understandings of cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation, and asks whether cultural traditions become lost with globalisation? What remains of our heritage once cultures mix? What is our right and responsibility to our ancestry and h(er)(is)tory?

Thank you