“Ella Mesma Company’s ‘Orixás’ carried that vital spark of originality” Graham Watts at The Place       

The dancers and artists involved in this work respect and value the traditional context of Orixas as sacred cultural practices. This Contemporary dance piece draws on aspects of these practices along with the artists’ own experiences and interpretations.

Inspired by Afro-Cuban and Afro Brazilian deities, the performances represent love, pursuit, passion, and loss through the voyage of four individuals. Four strong females, four elements and four colours swirl, swoop, saunter and soar together

Orixas refers to The Orishas of Yoruba mythology.

Orishas: Spelled Òrìṣà in Yoruba, Orishas are gods that reflect the manifestations of the Supreme God/ the All Father Olodumare or Olofi. These deities or spirits have individual attributes, and skills connected to specific natural phenomena and are associated with specific rituals. Orisha may have a preferred color, foods, saints and objects as well as their own characteristics, stories, dances and rhythms.

Orixas references a number of myths and patakis of gods and goddesses including:

Elegua/Exu: the keeper of the ways;

Changó (Shangó) is the owner of fire, lightening, thunder, and war, but he is also the patron of music, drumming, and dancing. He represents male beauty and virility, passion and power.

Oba (known as Obá in Latin America) is traditionally identified as the first wife of Shango (the third king of the Oyo Empire and an Orisha).

Oshun, also spelled Osun, an orisha (deity) of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Oshun is commonly called the river orisha, or goddess, in the Yoruba religion and is typically associated with water, purity, fertility, love, and sensuality. Like other gods, she possesses human attributes such as vanity, jealou