A dance theatre piece about stereotypes, sexism and the masks we wear.

A piece using Afro Cuban, Breaking, Rocking and Contemporary dance theatre to focus on the female perspective. Themed around the slang word for woman as ‘chick’ or ‘hen’, Ladylike is a celebration of wonderful women and a provocative protest at gender roles, the masks we wear, sexual violence and sexism.

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1hr 00m
The Vaults
14 — 15 Mar 18:00
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About the company

Ella Mesma Company

Ella Mesma Company is an Afro-Latin and Hip Hop dance theatre company which undoes limiting beliefs by exploring and celebrating cultural and social identity. With a mixed identity of dance forms and theatre, we create bold, political, personal work that anyone can watch.

Ella Mesma Company seeks to champion a dance technique which is instinctive and meditative, empowering and inspiring both audiences and artists alike. The company have a unique movement language: Yoga, along with a diverse range of techniques including contemporary dance, contact work from partner dances, breaking, afro-latin and folkloric dances, capoeira and aerial dance informs the company in their teaching and choreographic practice.

Ella Mesma Company believes in:

Investing in our team
Collaborating and empowering through the arts
Paying respects to our ancestral dance forms and creating an innovative mix of these styles
Celebrating diversity and promoting equality
Using theatre as a tool to create ethical political, personal work and conversation
Ensuring that anyone can watch and enjoy theatre
Mesma likes to engage with a real audience: those with and without a background in dance and for her work to speak to the heart , which is why she also uses theatre in her work.

Artistic Team
Concept and Direction
Ella Mesma
Anna Alvarez, Azara Meghie, Hsing Ya Wu, (Lianett Rodrigues), Ella Mesma
Ella Mesma and Dancers with the opening scene by Yersin Guillen Rivas
Jodie-Simone Howe, Dream Sewing, Ila Leila Samba Costumes, Melissa Rolas and Ella Mesma
Ciaran Cunningham
Music Composed by
Sabio Janiak
Nicola Hunter
Additional Direction
Charlotte Vincent through The Bench (2015), Lea Anderson (2017)
Dramaturgical Support
Peggy Olislaegers through Yorkshire Dance’s Sketch programme (2015)

Press & Reviews

Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian

“Unabashedly emotional”

Lilia Prier-Tisdale

“Dance at its most physical and most sensual.”

Graham Watts (Chairman of Critics’ Circle Dance Section UK)

“Carrying that vital spark of originality”

Stuart Carter, CEO, The Tabernacle London

“Completely engaged- Enthralling, emotional, grounding work”

Louiseanne Wong, Choreographer

“A powerful display of timeless and current issues that women continue to face everyday”

Eva Martinez: Artistic Programmer & Artist Development, Sadler’s Wells

A unique movement language at the crossroads of theatre, Latin and Hip hop, together with a punchy feminist approach”

Audience Feedback

“F***ing brilliant. Very moving”

“Such Honesty, Skill and Communion”

“You performed your hearts out with honesty and generosity! Thank you”

“Empowering, Strong,Tender, Wonderful. Thank you.”

“Absolutely stunning and provocative piece, thank you for the inspiration and celebration”

“The highlight in my dance calendar”