Ella Mesma Company

Dispora Dance Theatre

Jellyfish and Burn Out

Dear lovelies,

I hope this email finds you well?
 
It’s me! (Ella of Ella Mesma Company!) It has been a really long time since I wrote to you about the company (since August 2020)
because last lockdown…
I burned out! 
 
Do you remember The Getting Better Box?
 
In lockdown 1, I wrote a newsletter every week inspired around ways to offer relief  from yoga to unlearning (in these different times), inspired by idea of The Getting Better Box. I created a space on my website inspired by the idea of offering help and creating a space of resources for people in those very different times.
 
In lockdown 1, my response to the shock of everything that was happening was to go into action… it was kind of my way of coping, and each week I wrote a newsletter, which had such a wonderful response! It felt really inspiring to write from a heart felt place each week. 
 
But then in August 2020, I realised I needed to take some of my own medicine and ‘Get Better’. I hadn’t been taking enough time offline to care for myself and my cup was not full up.
 
After taking that time out, doing lots of yoga, reflecting on how much information is out there, I wasn’t sure if writing newsletters was the best way to get in touch with you, or the best use of my energy, and so have been quietly working, stretching, reflecting, unplugging and re-imagining all things Ella Mesma Company.
 
After unplugging, I had the idea of creating a physical Getting Better Box, and that has evolved in to an even bigger project; physical Getting Better Boxes for those who have felt isolated and lonely throughout the last year, which include an invitation to an online experience which interweaves themes of wellbeing, play and unlearning. 
 
With one awesome team, I have now developed a new take on The Getting Better Box which combines different types of performance, art, creativity and post boxes! 
 
I have since been commissioned by Rural Arts as part of Keepsake and our first interactive show The Getting Better Box & A Jellyfish Love Song virtual world performance premieres on the 27th May.
 
I have decided to write again, but much less often (once a month maximum)m and much shorter letters. I would love to check you want to hear from me? If not then please remove yourself from this list below (there are many other ways to stay in touch listed below too).
 
And, if you are a programmer, please reply if you would you like a VIP ticket to see the dress rehearsal of our show A Jellyfish Love Song this Tuesday 11th (tomorrow) at 19:30.
 
Sending you all my love, hugs and magic at this different time,

Ella Mesma X

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