Foreign Bodies- An Underwater Love Story

Foreign Bodies is an underwater love story and quiz show that crosses borders and oceans to explore what divides and what unites us.

A multi-sensory dance and theatre experience: an underwater love story and interactive quiz show that crosses borders and oceans to challenge the human collision of difference. Timely in the wake of Brexit, the underwater world is a hopeful alternative reality, a world where the audience can explore  what is gained and what is lost through cultural exchange and connection.

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“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

“A human dive in to a multi-sensory experience of dual parallels & contradictions. An important story that places the audience in the shoes of the protagonist.”Elsabet Yonas

“Strong idea and led by an amazing internationally known choreographer/dancer Ella Mesma with a fierce team. Can’t wait to see where this goes” Natalie Teitler

Our Partners and Supporters:


Concept and Direction:
Ella Mesma

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

Milton Lopes

Ella Mesma and Dancers

Ella Mesma
with extracts written by Dr Edson Burton and input from Milton Lopes, Luke Pell

Sabrina Henry

Ciaran Cunningham

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

Benjamin Winstone (Gentleman Octopus)

Dramaturgical Support:
Luke Pell (through South East Dance Collaborate: Dramaturg in Residence 2018) Dr Edson Burton

Jessica Mitchell (Earth Motion Photography)

Arts Council of England
Metal Liverpool (Change Maker artist in residency 2018)
South East Dance (Collaborate: Dramaturg in Residence 2018)
Eclipse Theatre (Playpot)
Audience members via Crowd Funding

Trinity Centre, Bristol
Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol
Serendipity, Leicester
Dance City, Newcastle
Dance Umbrella, London
Sadler’s Wells, London

Fergus Evans (Big Feast)
Degna Stone (Slate Enabler)
Theatre Bristol
Rachel Bradbear
Annie Rigby (Unfolding Theatre via Slate)

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.