Ladylike, by Ella Mesma

Contact: Rhiannon Jones (Email)

 Ella Mesma

An absurd, comical, and emotionally charged ritual of dance theatre

Described as a ‘stunning and provocative piece’, Ladylike is an absurd, comical, and emotionally charged ritual of dance theatre.

In the 1920s-era African-American slang coined the phrase Chick, or hen to refer to a woman.

In a landscape of Afro-Latin and Hip Hop, four females cluck, fight & undress our preconceptions of what it is to be ‘Ladylike’. Each explores their personal experiences in a celebration of wonderful women of the world and a provocative protest at gender roles, the masks we wear, sexual violence and sexism.

‘The western obsession with women as ‘parts’ (breasts, thighs, butts) is inextricably linked to our culture’s tendency to value animals the same way’ Carol Adams

Run time: 55 mins

About the artist:

Ella Mesma Company is a touring dance theatre company led by Artistic Director Ella Mesma, who created the company to make work that reflected her background in Afro-Latin, Breaking and Contemporary dance. 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.

About IGNiTE:

IGNiTE is Trinity’s in house programme of world-class, innovative theatre and dance about issues that matter to people now, starting conversations and sparking debate. IGNiTE is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

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