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Ella Mesma presents

Roots of Rumba - Joint Ticket (Day & Evening)

Saturday 15 September
Venue 2
From £12.00
to £15.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

Roots of Rumba tours five UK cities in July. The event (established 2013 at Richmix) is a platform for artists to present Dance Theatre with dances of the African Diaspora at the heart.

This year Roots of Rumba is on tour and will present 3 amazing UK based professional artists, One international act (NYC based) and two local artists from each touring city. Of different generations and genres within the diaspora, artists will be presenting very different work that truly showcases the potential and scope of Afro-Latin Dance Theatre!

During the evenings there will be performances from the very best of local, national and international dance theatre representing dance of the African diaspora. With elements from Rumba, Tango, Afro-Brazilian, Hip Hop and Capoeira,  it is no surprise that the dance performances are powerful, challenging and breath-taking. In some cities there will also be workshops with Ella Mesma and other artists and afterparties with international DJs.

Who's Involved

Roots of Rumba is produced & curated by award-winning dancer and choreographer Ella Mesma. Ella Mesma and her Company have been commissioned to curate for a number of leading arts organisations including Sadler’s Well and they have presented work in a number of highly regarded venues and festivals such as Dance City, Breakin’ Convention and Casa Latin American Festival. Roots of Rumba is supported by funding from Arts Council England and will visit Dance City in Newcastle, Lion Salt Works in Northwich (supported by Cheshire Dance), Yorkshire Dance in Leeds and Richmix in London, and Trinity Centre in Bristol.

Ffion Campbell Davies

Myriam Gadri

Iris De Brito

Azara Rowena Meghie

And more to be announced…

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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 14+


10.00 – 11.00 Samba Masterclass with Orquidea Lima Felgueiras

11.00-12.30 Ella Mesma Company Workshop

12.30- 14.00 Rumba Masterclass with Luanda Pau

14.00-15.00 Lunchtime Talk: The Roots of Samba with Xavier Osmir (Pay as you feel: Speakers will be dedicating their time to give you a historic talk: Bring your lunch and your questions)

15.00- 16.30 Orisha Masterclass with Miguel Gonzalez

16.30- 17.30 Kizomba Connection Class with Iris De Brito

A maximum of 30 participants p/workshop

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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Sat 15 September