In the wake of #MeToo comes a funny and furious new show from Ella Mesma Company
Fusing dynamic hip hop with the tempestuous and sexually charged Rumba, LADYLIKE is a new piece of dance theatre which takes a fierce, frank and funny look at the potential and the limitations of gender roles in today’s society. Based on interviews with young women and female hip hop and latin dancers, Ella Mesma Company have created a new ritual for women to explore pleasure, consent, and gender roles – purging cliches and celebrating sisterhood.
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A unique movement language at the crossroads of theatre, Latin and Hip hop, together with a punchy feminist approach” Eva Martinez: Artistic Programmer & Artist Development, Sadler’s Wells
“F***ing brilliant. Very moving” Audience Member: Offbeat Festival, The Old Firestation, Oxford“Completely engaged- Enthralling, emotional, grounding work” Stuart Carter- Audience member and CEO, The Tabernacle- London
Thank you to all who have participated towards the research of this work or helped us in anyway so far on the journey: Arts Council of England, Peggy Olislaegers and Yorkshire Dance’s Sketch programme (2015), Wieke Eringa, Dance City, Patricia Stead, James Froment, Anna Alvarez, Azara Meghie, Emma Houston, Hsing Ya Wu Rita Vilhena, Lianett Rodrigues, Yersin Guillen Rivas, Ciaran Cunningham, Sabio Janiak, Jodie-Simone Howe, Dream Sewing, Ila Leila Samba Costumes, Melissa Rolas Nicola Hunter, Camilla Greenwell, Suzie Howell, Tom Bowles, Jeff Dean, Charlotte Vincent, The Bench (2015), Lea Anderson (2017), WCMT, Lisa Ullman Trust Scholarship, Casa Latin American Festival, Sh! Erotic Shop, ADAD, Richmix, Eva Martinez, Robyn Cabaret, Sadler’s Wells, WOW Bradford, Chester University, Pleasance Theatre, Harambee Pasadia, Offbeat Festival, Women In Dance Leadership Conference in NYC, Trinity Centre Bristol, VAULT Festival in London, LUKAS Awards