Papyllon- In development

In these times of nationalism and global racial tension, South African born poet Toni Stuart and British born Ella Mesma question what it means to be a ‘citizen of the world,’ using silks, poetry, papyrus and paint. ‘Papyllon’ is an exploration and celebration of identity, femininity, ethnicity and soul inspired by the four stages of transformation in the lifecycle of the butterfly.

*Partial nudity

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***** Audience members at Dance City

“Original use of silks and fabrics – loved the sensory rolling on the fabric on the floor. Soundtrack supportive and rich I got lost in the piece – the lights, the membrane like fabric, the braids”, Audience member, Dance City

“A beautiful collage raw and honest physicality which holds you from beginning to end.” Alice Henry, Dance City

You have made a very intelligent piece – you lifted your very personal work into the realm of provocative and meaningful call-and-response: vital and timely thoughts and concerns. It became political, personal, emotional, sensual, positive and strongTim Rubidge, Dance City


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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, British Council, Dance City, Patricia Stead, James Froment, Claire Harvey, Sarah Carrie, Jodie-Simone Howe, Ciaran Cunningham, Patrick Ziza, David Evans, Jeff Dean, Patricia Stead,  Freddie Opuko Addaie, Pawlett Brookes, Serendipity, National Centre for Circus, Collabo, Circomedia