Roots of Rumba

“I found it entertaining and at the same time different in a positive way and I believe with potential to develop a secure platform for the enjoyment and edutainment of the dance forms you work with”
Mercy Nabirye, One Dance UK

Roots of Rumba Promo 2018 from Ella Mesma on Vimeo.

Roots of Rumba began in 2013 at Richmix as a mission to provide a platform for established and emerging artists to present Dance Theatre with Afro-Latin dance and themes at the heart.

Latin shows are often very ‘front facing’ with impressive movements and big smiles, but there is a huge potential for creating deeper work, (Like my most recent piece of work Ladylike, which uses Afro Cuban dance to talk about issues around sex, sexuality and the #metoo movement).

Growing up I often felt my dance forms didn’t get the same respect and opportunity to shine as contemporary and ballet, so I decided to create a festival that allows Afro-Latin theatre a spotlight on the stage.

This year Roots of Rumba will present 3 amazing artists from across the UK, One international act and two local artists from each city, of different generations, genres and each presenting very different work that has truly showcases the potential and scope of Afro-Latin Dance Theatre! Line up to be announced but I promise you will be amazed!

What is Afro-Latin Dance Theatre?

We believe that Afro-Latin Dance Theatre includes:

Rumba, Tango, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brasilian, Samba, Salsa, Capoeira, Baile Funk, Kuduru, Bachata.

Hip Hop (Many forms were created by the Latin community in the USA),

Caribbean dances including Haitian dance, Dance hall…

African dances such as Sabar, Kizomba and Mapouka, because all Afro-Latin dance forms can be traced back to Africa in their roots.

In 2018, Roots of Rumba in many different forms will tour to:

Trinity Centre: Bristol: 5-6th July 2018 (including CPD day and evening theatre show)

Cheshire Dance/Lion Salt Works: Northwich: 7th July 2018 (including workshops and theatre show)

Yorkshire Dance: Leeds: 19-20th July 2018 (including CPD day, workshops (Rumba), Theatre show and after party at Wardrobe)

Dance City: Newcastle: 12-14th July 2018 (including CPD day, theatre show, workshops and after party at Kommunity)

Richmix: London: 15th September 2015 (including CPD days, workshops, theatre show and afterparty)

Get Involved:

CPD WORKSHOPS:

Are you an artist in one of the above styles? Wou;d you like to build a long term relationship with the festival? Are you based in one of the above cities? Would you love to spend a day working with us on your newest piece? We would love to hear from you! Apply using the form below…


LOCAL ARTISTS PEFORMANCES:

Are you an artist in one of the above styles based in the above cities? Would you love to present your work in 2018? Do you have a show ready? Apply using the form below….

DANCE WORKSHOPS

BRISTOL WORKSHOPS: 5th July
6.00 pm – 6.45 pm: Rumba (Ella)
7.00 am – 7.45.00 pm: Samba (Ella)

NEWCASTLE WORKSHOPS: 14th July
10.00 am – 11.00 am: Rumba (Yersin)
12.00 am – 13.00 pm: Samba (Ella)
2 pm – 3 pm: Orishas (Yersin)
4 pm – 5 pm: Ella Mesma Company Workshop (A fusion of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Samba, Salsa, Capoeira and Contemporary) (Ella)

NORTHWICH WORKSHOPS: 7th July
(Times tba)

Rumba
Samba
Capoeira
A fusion of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Samba, Salsa, Capoeira and Contemporary

LEEDS WORKSHOPS: 20th July
6.00 pm – 6.45 pm: Rumba (Ella)
7.00 am – 7.45.00 pm: Samba (Ella)LONDON WORKSHOPS: 15th September
10.00 am – 11.00 am: Rumba (Miguel)
12.00 am – 13.00 pm: Samba (Ella)
2 pm – 3 pm: Orishas (Miguel)
4 pm – 5 pm: Ella Mesma Company Workshop (A fusion of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Samba, Salsa, Capoeira and Contemporary) (Ella)
AFTERPARTIES
AFTERPARTY LEEDS : Roots Of Rumba (Leeds) After-Party with DJ Lubi (Soul Rebels/RE:SOUL/DIG Family)….9pm-late, free entry… The Wardrobe

AFTERPARTY LONDON: Free to all ticket holders.AFTERPARTY NEWCASTLE: Roots Of Rumba (Newcastle) After-Party with DJ Lubi (Soul Rebels/RE:SOUL/DIG Family)….9pm-late, free entry… tbc

DJs: Awesome Latin and Hip Hop sounds from Leeds based DJ Lubi (Lubi Jovanovic) is one of the UK’s best known salsa and Latin music DJs both at home and abroad. He is also a long time jazz/soul/funk/world music DJ and live music promoter. His career spans over 30 years working in all aspects of the business – international DJ, live music promoter, club promoter, radio presenter, record label PR and CD compiler. He began in 1982 spinning Mongo Santamaria/Tito Puente/Art Blakey/Tania Maria records in Bradford in the north of England as part of the UK jazzdance movement – hard bop, jazz fusion, samba batucada and mambo – and was soon running weekly sessions in the city including The Jazz Cellar (a DJ and live band night) and Wild Style (two floors – one rap/electro, the other jazz/Latin – breakers and jazz hoofers battling it out under one roof). By 1986, he was promoting his first salsa clubnight, Club Afro Latino in Leeds, one of the earliest outside London, plus guesting as a DJ across the country, playing bass in local jazz groups and leading his own Latin jazz bands. In the 1980s, DJ Lubi was also a working musician.