Ella Mesma Company

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“Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.” Martha Graham

We are Ella Mesma Company!

We are inspired to make work that undoes limiting beliefs and celebrates cultural and social identity to empower and inspire our audiences to come back HOME to themselves: (a bit like our company name).

We love to include audience interaction in some form in our work.

We refer to the work we make as diaspora dance theatre, because we recognise that the roots of all of these folkloric dance styles from Hip Hop to Rumba lie in Africa, and, that we are also making a new journey, (just as these dances did): taking influence from the past and making sense of them in our lives and our art today.

Thank you to Pavillion Dance South West, where Ella is a Supported Artist and to Geraldine Connor Foundation where Ella is an Associate Artist and to Arts Council England for continued support through public funding. 

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About Us

Ella Mesma Company is a British based dance theatre company who use a diverse range of folkloric dance styles, to create highly skilled theatre. We are inspired particularly by the company director’s diverse training in Afro-Latin, Breaking and Contemporary dance, as well as the epic skills of each individual company member. 

The company strive to create beautiful, inspiring diaspora dance theatre (a term they created to communicate this unique meeting of dance styles) to allow transformation: telling personal and global stories to connect to our truest selves, and create powerful, personal and political work.

We want to tell the stories (our stories) that we didn’t see growing up on stage, using the styles we love to dance (and also didn’t see on the stage), as told by our diverse and brilliant cast.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison.

Ella Mesma Company also teach workshops and work with young people to create dance projects in the community.

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Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

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