Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Shows
The Company use elements of Afro Cuban and Afro Brazilian dances in our choreographies. From the religions of Santeria (Cuba) and Candomble (Brazil) the Orixá/Orishas are deities. Each has a character, a dance, a colour and a song.
We also offer specialist workshops in schools, adult classes and privates for all ages in these styles. Please enquire to book school projects or shows for your event.
The dances of the Orixá/Orishas are a major component of our teaching programme and with language, geography and history elements are a fantastic study for educational purposes.
We also offer dance and language workshops.
Nana (5 minute salsa duet)
Nana is an all girl mambo show danced to the delightful sounds of Candido y su movimiento- we fuse the earthly body movements of Nana, the grandmother of all Orishas with thehottest mambo style and footwork.
- Choreography: Ella Mesma and dancers Chris Benson and Sophia Theodosiou
Candela (3 minute duet or fourtet)
Dressed in white/black, a fun piece using Cuban Salsa, Afro Cuban and a splice of Waacking and HipHop to the delightful sounds of Yerba Buena.
“The dancers and show were an absolute delight and I will definitely book again for next year.” Steve Roche, Client
Orixas (20 minute quartet)
- Company: With elements of latin and breaking within their physical, sensual, and acrobatic movement, Orixas explores stories of strength.
- Choreography: Ella Mesma and dancers
- Dancers: Simone Foster, Ella Mesma ,Sophia Theodosiou, Rita Vilhena
- Lighting: Ciaran Cunningham
- Mentor: Shelley Maxwell
“Twenty minutes of pure Contemporary dance at its most physical and most sensual. Rhythmic and gymnastic, the piece told a captivating story of female strength and solidarity” Lila Prier-Tisdall- The Place Resolutions Reviews
Orixas refers to the Orishas of Yoruba mythology. These deities or spirits have individual attributes and skills connected to natural phenomena and associated with specific rituals.
Inspired by the Orishas and influenced by Afro-Cuban and Afro Brazilian dance the piece explores destiny, love and loss through the voyage of four individuals.
This work was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.