"Unabashedly emotional” - The Guardian
Are you a chicken or are you a heroine? In the wake of #MeToo comes a ceremonious undressing of four timeless and universal stories. Themed around the slang words ‘chick’, ‘hen,’ ‘bird’, Ella Mesma Company has created a ritual that takes a fierce, frank and funny look at gender roles. Fusing dynamic hip hop with the tempestuous and sexually charged Rumba, Ladylike is a super-heroine's journey to explore consent, the masks we wear and to celebrate sisterhood. Ella Mesma Company is a British-based dance theatre company who use a diverse range of folkloric, inspired by director Ella Mesma’s background in Afro-Latin, Breaking and Contemporary dance. The company strive to use diaspora dance theatre (a term they have created to communicate this meeting of dance styles) to allow transformation: telling personal and global stories to connect to our truest selves. The work is bold, political and personal.