Testimonials

LADYLIKE

“The talented dancers of the Ella Mesma Company keep the audience engaged and interested throughout the piece and transmit a convincing message that everybody can relate to” Julia-Carolin Zeng (Dance GRiST)

“Totally swept away by the powerful performances of the four women! They do represent a diaspora of desires, fears and heroism!” (Casa Festival 2019) South Social Film Fest

“An absurd, comical, and emotionally charged ritual of dance theatre” Bristol 24/7 2019

“Beautiful Choreography, the sound was mesmerising (Gave me goosebumps) and what incredibly powerful performers”(Casa Festival 2019) Jum Faruq

Talented dancers and a convincing message: The talented dancers of the Ella Mesma Company display a wide range of dance styles in Ladylike, and each uses all the opportunities each style offers. They keep the audience engaged and interested throughout the piece and transmit a convincing message that everybody can relate to.” (Casa Festival 2019) Julia-Carolin Zeng

Ladylike should be compulsory watching for the world” (IETM, Hull 2019) Chris Megginson, Yorkshire Dance

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

“Completely engaged- Enthralling, emotional, grounding work” Stuart Carter- Audience member and CEO, The Tabernacle- London

Foreign Bodies

“Artistically, scientifically and culturally significant… a powerful and dramatic work of richly layered relevancies.” Katy Noakes, OneDance UK

“Ella has situated (Foreign Bodies) at a fertile intersection of styles and approaches to dance.” Dan Canham, Artistic Director, Stillhouse

“I was absolutely mesmerised” Heidi Samson, Youth Worker, Creative Youth Network

“A human dive in to a multi-sensory experience of dual parallels & contradictions. An important story that places the audience in the shoes of the protagonist.” Elsabet Yonas

Papyllon

“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, Choreographer

“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 strong” Tim Rubidge, Choreographer

Roots of Rumba

“Diverse, inclusive and completely engaging” Candice Wu, Bristol 2018

“A true marriage of dance, feeling, culture, politics and love” Carly Trigg, Northwich 2018

“Brilliant: Vibrant, life affirming dance with enormous power to move and inspire” Fiona Young: Audience member, Leeds 2018

“Be prepared to dance, laugh and cry” Audience member, London 2018

“The best dance event in the UK” Audience member, London 2018

“This is one of the most amazing events of the year!” Iris De Brito, Batuke Festival 2017

“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

“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 2013

 Orixás
“Ella Mesma Company’s ‘Orixás’ carried that vital spark of originality” Graham Watts at The Place    
Ecdysis

“A compelling watch” Theatre fullstop

“She really pushes the form beyond battles and bravado” William Drew- Exeunt Magazine (Sadler’s Wells)

EVOL

“Unabashedly emotional” (Breakin’ Convention) Sanjoy Roy – The Guardian

“The superb Ella Mesma” Donald Hutera – The Times

She Created Her Life

“Amazing, powerful energy in abundance” Dr Nathalie Teitler: Dancing Words

“When two beautiful souls bond together similar souls will flock together to create a majestic event to empower others. I am still blown over by the evening performance. Keep on sowing the seeds to inspire others” Margaret Aberdeen: Break Free from Domestic Violence

“In our scene people are scared to show vulnerability or/and to admit the subtle and less subtle challenges that women go through: you created a safe space for that. Wonderful” Iris De Brito: Batuke/DAD Trailblazer 2018

“Great event – felt like a Retreat: relaxation, chocolate, movement, destress – and inspiration thrown in” Suzy Miller: Divorce Strategist

“You created magic on Saturday” Cindy Claes: 1000 pieces puzzler

“A unique event that London has not experienced before. The power of such an event is tangible.  Bravo ladies” Ama Rouge