“F***ing brilliant. Very moving” Audience Member: Offbeat Festival, The Old Firestation, Oxford
Ladylike is a feminist work which comments on sex, pleasure, consent and gender roles. Please note the work contains some scenes of a sexual nature.
Q: “Why did the woman cross the road?”
A: “Who cares, how did she get out of the kitchen is the important question!”
Themed around the slang word for woman as ‘chick’ or ‘hen’, multi-faceted dancer and choreographer Ella Mesma has created a masterpiece of provocative dance and absurdly comical theatre. Four wild women cross the roads of Hip-hop and Afro-Latin dance, clucking, pecking and ceremoniously undressing universal and timeless gender issues.
“Such Honesty, Skill and Communion” Audience member, Sadler’s Wells
Upcoming Tour dates
LADYLIKE AT THE FESTIVAL OF LOVE SEX AND DEATH
DATE: 2nd November
VENUE: Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Rd, London, N7 9EF
Women of the World (WOW) Bradford
A festival which celebrates women & girls and takes a frank look at the obstacles they face across the world.
DATE: 19th November
“The highlight in my dance calender” Kelly-Audience member, Sadlers Wells
Concept and Direction: Ella Mesma
Dancers: Anna Alvarez, Azara Meghie, Hsing Ya Wu, (Lianett Rodrigues), Ella Mesma
Choreography: Ella Mesma and Dancers with the opening scene by Yersin Guillen Rivas
Costume: Jodie-Simone Howe, Dream Sewing, Ila Leila Samba Costumes, Melissa Rolas and Ella Mesma
Lighting: Ciaran Cunningham
Music: Composed by Sabio Janiak
Photography: Nicola Hunter
Additional Direction: Charlotte Vincent through The Bench (2015)
Dramaturgical Support: Peggy Olislaegers through Yorkshire Dance’s Sketch programme (2015)
“You performed your hearts out with honesty and generosity! Thank you” Audience member, Sadlers Wells
ABOUT THE CREATION
“Completely engaged- Enthralling, emotional, grounding work” Stuart Carter- Audience member and CEO, The Tabernacle- London
ABOUT THE WORK
The work can also be divided into sections which can be performed individually (described below):
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes plus interval and entrance ‘installation’
As Audiences arrive: Four performers in the colours of the British/ Cuban flag morph between a sequence of emotionally charged gestures to an urban reggaeton beat.
LADYLIKE: Rumba: Choreographed by Yersin Guillen Rivas: Todo nace de la Rumba (Everything is born from Rumba)’ (The Black Roots of Salsa-Christian Liebich). Two dancers present the traditional Rumba styles Yambu, Guaguanco and Columbia as another sets up her own provocative play pen: is it a circle for protection? Or will it become her cage?
LADYLIKE: Tierra: The pack are hungry and dangerous. Are they wild, free, amazonian women? Or are they a figment of his imagination?
LADYLIKE: Monologue 1: Oba: Why do you keep putting off writing about me?” It is the voice of a chicken that asks this.’ (Alice Walker (1988)). The showgirl makes her last dance. It begins with bravado. An alpha female, she reigns the roost… But she is also innocent, trusting and vulnerable, and her sacrifice is inevitable.
EMC: LADYLIKE: Monologue 3: Chango: Are gender differences learned and cultural, or inherent to the fertilization of the egg? She breaks free from her cage in a solo of coming of age. Three mating rituals ensue but when she faces temptation, or her roost is threatened she can be hot-temperedand quick to pick a fight.
LADYLIKE: Monologue 4: Ochun: ‘Some women smile unnaturally so often that they start to suppress their natural emotions.’ Makoto Natsume. Two dancers perform the Rumba style Guaguanco: a dance between a cock and a hen. She is happy and joyful displaying her sensual movements. He distracts her with fancy footwork then impregnates her with his ‘Vacunao’. She blocks his advances in a game of flirtation, but no means no and she cannot stay silent.
EMC: LADYLIKE: Guerreras: The wild women warriors cross the roads of Hip-hop and Afro-Latin dance, clucking, pecking and ceremoniously undressing global and timeless gender issues.
“Empowering, Strong,Tender, Wonderful. Thank you.” Audience member, Sadlers Wells
Touring availability: Ready for touring from June 2017
Minimum performance space: 8 x 8 metres
Sex Education dance workshop: The work covers Sexuality, Pleasure and Consent. We are currently creating a girls sex education workshop.
Clay activity: A goddess inspired interactive foyer activity with audience members
Jar of Jokes/O’s/Honey/Shh’s: Jars full of various theme based treats for the audience.
Guerreras: Art work display.
Post Show Talk: The Company conduct an interview and questions about the work and topics raised.
“A powerful display of timeless and current issues that women continue to face everyday” Audience member and choreographer – Louiseanne Wong