Ella Mesma 

Butterfly wings, contrary to popular belief, are not made up of many colours. The colours and patterns we see are made by the reflection of hundreds of tiny scales covering their white wings. The butterfly represents transformation, life, the soul. A chance for us to find ourselves, our place, our identity.

Commissioned by Dance City as Associate Dance Artist, ‘Papillon’ is my ritual to discover who I am and where I belong as I transform to adulthood, and in response to Theresa May’s statement: “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.”

Does a person’s ethnic group define their identity? Do different cultures enrich our life experience? How do we define belonging?

When I was born they thought I had jaundice. At primary school, in a small town in the UK, I was called the ‘N’ word. Later, I was asked ‘Is that really your Mum?’ At secondary school, when I braided my hair, I was called ‘wigga’. And as my curves arrived asked, ‘are you Latina?’.

At first glance, I am ‘white passing’, but things are not always as they seem. I have one black and one white parent. Nomad, Mariposa, Mixed Heritage British. Is it only appearance that defines our ethnicity?

Ella Mesma Company (EMC) is an international touring contemporary dance company currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England, led by Artistic Director Ella Mesma. EMC was founded in 2011 with a solo which premiered at Breakin’ Convention, titled ‘Evol’ (Love backwards) and was officially launched in 2014.

Ella creates work that reflects her background in Latin, Breaking and Contemporary dance theatre and is interested in exploring social, cultural identity and Latin communities under represented in the theatre and on the stage. Since 2011, EMC has toured across the UK and premieres new work ‘Ladylike’ in June at Sadler’s Wells. Ella Mesma Company was Associate Artist at Dance City in Newcastle 2016-2017.


Papillon was performed at PUG Party as part of GIFT Festival 2017.


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PUG, performance cabaret night comes to The Stand Comedy Club!

PUG is an evening of comedy, dance, art and all the glorious things in between. Highly political, soulful and surprising, PUG presents performances by visual artists, dancers, poets, theatre-makers and people who work across all these art forms.

And there’s a cheeky disco.

Hosted by Hannah Walker, Rosa Postlethwaite and Jamie Cook.

Line-up: What’s That Dance, Honourous_Chun, Strange Boy and Figs in Wigs. See programme here.

When: Sunday 25th August, Doors 7:00pm, Show & Disco 8.30 – 11.30pm

Where: The Stand Comedy Club. The Stand website here.

Tickets: PUG tickets are Pay What You Decide.
When you arrive at PUG you will be given an envelope in which you can anonymously pay an amount of your choice for your ticket. Please leave this at the front desk during or after the show.

Reserve a ticket by calling The Stand on 0191 300 9700

Suitability: 18+

Content and Trigger Warning: strong language, loud music, track used in performance, ‘Requiem for Hit’ contains the lyrics ‘I Beat that Bitch with a hit’. Written by Miss Kittin this song is a feminist interpretation of the house track ‘I Beat that bitch with a bat’.

PUG#8 will be filmed and photographed to document the performances and to market future PUG events. Please let Rosa know via the email below if you do not which to be filmed or photographed.

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ROSA POSTLETHWAITE | +44 (0) 77577 39643 | | Space Six, Floor Six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE

All images on PUG website by Chris Bishop