Ela Mesma Company

Dispora Dance Theatre

August Updates

Ẹ n lẹ, Salut, Olá,  你好, Hello Creative Being,

It is my pleasure to see you here and share our news

My news? After feeling like I moved a mountain with all the creations of July, I experienced a pretty epic foot injury and have been healing for August: perhaps a welcome break after July’s adventures below, and also teaching me the gifts of surrender and what amazing friends I have!

Also below are some up coming workshops which I am moving to my sister company Maya Gandaia: sign up for newsletters which will focus solely on workshops, retreats and coaching.

Sending Love and Creativity!

Ella xxx

Ladylike in London
The new cast had a beautiful run in London at Casa Festival with some nights sold out, a standing ovation and some lovely reviews (links here & here)
Are you a hero? Or feeling a bit chicken? Ladylike is a super-heroines journey in which four warrior women use hip hop theatre and sexually charged Rumba to take a fierce, frank and funny look at gender roles and transform their deepest fears and desires, stepping out of their stories into a new reality united as a sisterhood.

Ladylike began its journey at Casa Festival in 2015 and premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2017. The show has also been performed at Richmix, London (2017),Trinity Centre, Bristol (2018), The Women’s Leadership Conference, New York City, (2018), VAULT Festival London (2018), IETM, Hull (2019), Offbeat Festival, Oxford (2019), Dance City, Newcastle (2019), and was runner up in the Lukas awards  for Best Production (2018). It was beautiful to come full circle and bring the piece back to Casa Festival last month!

Foreign Bodies in Birmingham
We had a beautiful time performing extracts of our Jellyfish Love Song (An extract from our newest show Foreign Bodies) in Birmingham as part of the Festival of Audacity.
Foreign Bodies is an underwater love story and quiz show that crosses borders and oceans to explore what divides and what unites us, and our awesome dancers: Isaac Ouro Gnao and David Evans (plus myself on the mic!) presented At Birmingham New Street Station
…the trailer from our R&D is almost ready…
The Masks We Wear
Photo by Ben Farman
These 5 superheroines performed to an audience of 1000 at Millennium Square as part of Vamos Festival. Funded by Leeds Inspired, the project explored ‘The Masks We Wear’: the performance we put on in life and our public and private identity through dance and costume.

Watch the full show here

Join us for NYE in Thailand
YES to spending NYE in a 5* homestay in Thailand!

YES to passing NYE with beautiful creative beings practising yoga, the PathFor series, setting intentions and eating divine healthy food!

I have moved all our PathFor Series and workshops over to Maya Gandaia where I will focus on wellbeing.

Subscribe or read the latest newsletter at the website or read about Thailand and the Earlybird rates here

Adiós, Adeus, ìkíni ti ìpínyà, Au Revoir, 再见, Much love,

Ella xxx

And from the whole team:

Anna, Azara, Hsing Ya, Lucia, Rachel, David, Franck, Milton, Isaac, Elsabet, Jemma, Pareesha, Cherie, Isabella, Farida, Laura (and everyone else from the Ella Mesma Company family: we wish you the all the best!)

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