Element Arts and Ella Mesma Company presents: – An evening of Latin Dance.
London and Leeds based Element Arts Company founded and directed by Ella Mesma teach, hold events and perform at festivals and parties using Salsa, Samba, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian along with ‘An Element Of’ Contemporary, and Urban styles.
Ella Mesma Company use three different forms (Contemporary, Breaking & Latin) to create artistic work with a unique, powerful, feminine style to explore ethical, political, religious, cultural & social issues.
Performances will include:
Filhas de Oya
Danced by dancers from Danceworks Contemporary Latin Class with Element Arts Company
Oya is a fierce warrior and goddess of the wind, hurricanes, change and chaos. A very beautiful powerful and sensual god, this piece explores the many sides to her character.
Performed by Element Arts Company
Nana, the grandmother of all the Orishas is earthy and wise. Inspired by her movements, Nana is a Contemporary piece danced On2, and using lots of Afro Cuban movement.
Birds Of Paradise
Performed by Eement Arts Company
Work-shopping this idea with Element Arts dancers and acclaimed Beatboxer Marv the Radio at Back to the Lab (Breakin Convention) in 2012, this idea has now grown into a 20 minute piece. Working with two musicians (Percussionist Xavier Osmir) and (Beatboxer- Marv the Radio), is a conversation between Artists, drawing on the traditions of Brazilian Samba no Pe, the piece explores the mask of the Sambista- the costume, theatre, prowess.
This work was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Performed by Ella Mesma and choreographed by Anthony Egea (Compagnie Revolution)
Inspired by the Peruvian Inca beliefs of Chakana, the panther the snake and the female form. This work was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
A solo choreographed and performed by Element Arts Company dancer Ama Rouge
Performed by Ella Mesma Company, Orixas refers to the Orishas of Yoruba mythology. The piece explores destiny, love and loss through the voyage of four individuals. These deities or spirits have individual attributes and skills connected to natural phenomena and associated with specific rituals. This work was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Date: May 16th 2015
Photo by Erik Guinez