Roots of Rumba

Roots of Rumba tours five UK cities in July. The event (established 2013 at Richmix) is a platform for artists to present Dance Theatre with dances of the African Diaspora at the heart.

6th July: BRISTOL: TRINITY CENTRE TICKETS

7TH JULY: NORTHWICH: LION SALT WORKS & CHESHIRE DANCE TICKETS

8TH JULY: LONDON: HORNIMAN MUSEUM: TICKETS

12-13TH JULY: NEWCASTLE: DANCE CITY & KOMMUNITY TICKETS

20TH JULY: LEEDS: YORKSHIRE DANCE & THE WARDROBE TICKETS

15th SEPTEMBER: LONDON: RICHMIX TICKETS

During the evenings there will be performances from the very best of local, national and international dance theatre representing dance of the African diaspora. With elements from Rumba, Tango, Afro-Brazilian, Hip Hop and Capoeira,  it is no surprise that the dance performances are powerful, challenging and breath-taking. In some cities there will also be workshops with Ella Mesma and other artists and afterparties with international DJs.

Roots of Rumba is produced & curated by award-winning dancer and choreographer Ella Mesma. Ella Mesma and her Company have been commissioned to curate for a number of leading arts organisations including Sadler’s Well and they have presented work in a number of highly regarded venues and festivals such as Dance City, Breakin’ Convention and Casa Latin American Festival. Roots of Rumba is supported by funding from Arts Council England and will visit Dance City in Newcastle, Lion Salt Works in Northwich (supported by Cheshire Dance), Yorkshire Dance in Leeds and Richmix in London, and Trinity Centre in Bristol.

Quotes

“This is one of the most amazing events of the year!” Iris De Brito, Batuke Festival

“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

“An evening showcasing the incredible talents, cultures, skills embedded within the Latin community: I was privileged to be hosting for some of the best talent on the scene right now.” Rikki Livermore, MC/Host of Roots of Rumba 2015

 

Who is performing?

(See here for a detailed break down of local, national and international acts, teachers and DJs)

Confirmed international and national acts are:

Myriam Gadri

(Performing in Bristol, Northwich, London (8th July), Leeds, London (15th September))

‘The Lost Goddess” is a dance piece about the Lady of the River: a goddess who has been asleep for over 100 years.

 

 

 

Ffion Campbell Davies

(Performing in Northwich, London (8th July), Leeds, London (15th September))

 ‘Womb Paves Way’ meets us at the cross roads of the past and future, paving new pathways and clearing debris and obstruction. Embarking on rights of passage into womanhood, the piece is influenced by Yoruba Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban deity Ogun.

 

Iris De Brito

(Performing in Bristol, London (8th July), London (15th September))

Uprooting: a work in progress centred around the family bonds severed through migration & immigration.

 

 

 

Franck Lusbec

(Performing in Bristol, Northwich, London (8th July))

Franck will present Di-Osmosis a piece about identity. I want to be a citizen of the world, build myself with help from the cultures and the people I encounter all over but no matter what, I’ll always be “Martiniquais”.

Azara Rowena Meghie

(Performing in Leeds)

“Just Another Night” is a piece where, over the course of one night, at a house party, Azara struggles to shrug off questions about her race, gender, sexuality and just dance.

Sandra Passirani

(Performing in Bristol, Northwich, Leeds, London (15th September)

“Mine or theirs” is a piece about what I could or would do, as a queer woman of color, if my body was truely mine.

Who is DJ-ing?

DJ Lubi

(Djing in Leeds and London (15th September))

Nandy Cabrera Capucho – Selectorchico TM

(DJing in Newcastle)

 

 

 

 

(See here for a detailed break down of local, national and international acts, teachers and DJs)