Ella Mesma Company

Our Values

Diversity in stories matters. Growing up in a small town in England, director Ella didn’t see many superheroes that looked like Ella’s mixed family, and so wanted to create a company that was diverse and that challenged our society and its beliefs.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou

At the heart of our work there are five values:

About Us

Great to meet you here!

My name is Ella, my pronouns are she or they.

I created Ella Mesma Company to make work by the superheroes I wanted to see on stage.

I love to work with the dances of the Orixás, contemporary and Hip Hop styles to create theatre collaboratively with my company.

“Dancers are the athletes of God.” Albert Einstein

I am super inspired by dance as a healing ritual, a gateway for transformation and positive change (Can art be activism? Can we use it, like a hammer, to shape the world we want to see?).

I have a holistic approach to creativity, creating from a space of connectivity to self, bravery, enquiry and purpose.

“Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” Bertolt Brecht

As I didn’t dance until later in life, it is important to me to reach those who don’t necessarily have a background in theatre, and as a person of mixed heritage (I am mixed Black Nigerian & white British), I strive for my cast and the stories we tell to be super-hero(ine) voices under represented onstage.

I also love to connect with my audience through discussions and play (whilst ensuring the audience never feel pressured to join in!)

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

Our journey began in 2011 with a premiere at Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells): a solo called Evol (Love backwards).

In 2013, Ella made a solo; Ecdysis with Anthony Egea of Compagnie Revolution

In 2013, Ella Mesma was aselected as a future Dance Leader for the ABLE leadership program.

The company officially formed as Ella Mesma Company in 2014 with a piece called Orixás.

In 2015, Ella was awarded a Bench fellowship for emerging choreographers.

Since then, Ella Mesma Company have presented work in a number of highly regarded venues & festivals and made many pieces of dance theatre including;

Ella Mesma Company were residents with;