Ella Mesma Company

The Rainbow Butterfly

Maja has a big imagination and would LOVE to be a Rainbow Butterfly and fly all the way to the Moon!

Inspired by the four stages of  the lifecycle of the butterfly, this interactive children’s piece tells a story of transformation through the eyes of a child using aerial silks painted by textiles artist Zephyr Liddell and a story book published, illustrated and written by the company.

 

The Rainbow Butterfly takes inspiration from traditional storytelling to weave a tale using aerial circus, contortion, contemporary & Hip Hop dance.

 

This piece can be performed indoors or outside. It interweaves a children’s tale through dance, maypole and aerial silks.

NUMBER OF DANCERS: 2

LENGTH OF WORK: 20-45 minutes

TOURING AVAILABILITY: December 2021

CHOREOGRAPHY: Ella Mesma & Dancers

TEXT & BOOK: Ella Mesma

DRAMATURG: Dela Vicki Amedume

AERIAL SUPPORT & CHOREOGRAPHY: Claire Harvey

ILLUSTRATIONS: Jessica Rosas

COSTUMES: Zephyr Liddell

MAYPOLE: Sarah Carrie

LIGHTING: David Bernard

MUSIC: Marv Radio

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jodie Canwell & Vikki Marie Page

TECH SPEC:

The piece can be adapted to most spaces and sizes including libraries, outdoors, village halls etc

The show includes one freestanding aerial rig (we have a choice of two so we can adapt to each venue, with the lowest height requirement being 2.9m and the highest 5.6m) (Both rig details are listed below)

The Firetoys BigRig

ManufacturerFiretoys Aerial
Country of ManufactureUK
Base7.3m x 7.3m (24′ x 24′)
Height5.6m (18’5″)
Top Bar Width1.67m (5’6″)
MaterialPolished Aluminium
Weight100kg (221 lbs)
Maximum Component Length1.9m (6’3″)
Working Load Limit

174kg (384 lbs)

Prodigy Aerial Small Rig

 
ManufacturerProdigy
Country of ManufactureChina
Base2.0m x 2.6m (6’1” x 8’3”)
Height2.9m (9.6′)

Our partners and supporters:

Thank you to the HANDS project – funded by ACE, co-ordinated and supported by the Northern Rural Touring Consortium

Accompanying workshops:
  • Book Reading
  • Maypole Class
  • Arts Award
  • Butterfly Painting Sessions
  • Folkloric Dance Lesson