Ella Mesma Company is a British based dance theatre company who use a diverse range of folkloric dance styles, inspired by director Ella’s background in Afro-Latin, Breaking and Contemporary dance. The company strive to use 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.

Ella Mesma was our Company in Residence for 2021- 21 and continues to be supported by PDSW.

Discover more about Ella Mesma’s career journey in Dance as she talks to PDSW’s Performances Producer, Jeanette Hinton. Learn how seeing salsa performed at the age of fourteen left a lifelong impression on Ella that would change the path of her professional life from politics and law to Contemporary Dance.

Check out the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWWLoT2uHBQ&feature=youtu.be

For a full transcription of the interview – please click here

Also take a look at Ella Mesma’s recent film created during Lockdown – ‘I Am All Womxn’ on her website. In Ella’s own words….

“33 amazing womxn hiphop women took part in the creation of ‘I Am All Womxn’ in their homes all over the world (filmed in UK, USA, Portugal, Cyprus, Brazil). ‘I Am All Womxn’ is an extremely varied creative interpretation of the spoken word piece ‘I am a woman’ by Bridget Gray, each section choreographed by the individual dancing it in reaction to the video before. You will see many different styles of dance: Breaking, House, HipHop, Locking, Popping, Krumping, Waacking and more… We hope this piece will celebrate womxn in our entirety and empower more of us embrace every side of ourselves as womxn”.

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