Wild Card - Ella Mesma — Guerreras

8 Jun

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Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Wild card is a chance to see work by a new generation of dance makers curating a series of special evenings. At the crossroads of hip-hop, latin and theatre, the multi-faceted dancer and choreographer Ella Mesma curates Guerreras ("Female warriors" in Spanish), an evening focusing on the female perspective and tempestuous history of the latin dance style rumba, themed around the slang word for woman as 'chick' or 'hen'.

Mesma invites you to explore and discover the politically and sexually charged dances of guest artists Yinka Esi Graves (dotdotdot dance), Houston Dance Collective and Luanda Pau Baquero interweaved with extracts from her latest production, Ladylike. A chance to reflect on gender roles, sexuality and what history can teach us across time and cultures, this 'absurd, comical, and emotionally charged ritual' (Stuart Carter) performance, where four daughters, mothers, wives and lovers cluck, peck and undress their stories, reclaims the word 'Ladylike'.

The evening will begin with the screening of an edit of The Black Roots of Salsa from 7pm, and is followed by a post-show rumba class by Luanda Pau Baquero.

"Unabashedly emotional"
THE GUARDIAN on Ella Mesma Company

Pre-show activity from 7pm

Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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