Are you a hero? Or feeling a bit chicken? Ladylike is a super-heroines journey that uses hip hop and sexually charged Rumba to take a fierce, frank and funny look at gender roles and face our deepest fears and desires. Themed around the slang word for a woman as ‘chick’ or ‘hen’, and based on interviews with young women and female Hip Hop and Latin dancers, Ella Mesma Company has created a new ritual for women to explore consent, the masks we wear, purge cliches and celebrate sisterhood.
*This work contains some disturbing scenes of a sexual nature.
Concept and Direction: Ella Mesma I Dancers: Anna Alvarez, Azara Meghie, Hsing Ya Wu, Lucia Afonso (and we honour Lianett Rodrigues who was involved in the first draft of the work) I Choreography: Ella Mesma and Dancers with the opening scene by Yersin Guillen Rivas I Costumes: Jodie-Simone Howe, Dream Sewing, Ila Leila Samba, Melissa Rolas and Ella Mesma I Lighting: Ciaran Cunningham I Music: Sabio Janiak I Photography: Nicola Hunter, Camilla Greenwell I Additional Direction: Charlotte Vincent through The Bench (2015), Lea Anderson (2017) I Dramaturgical Support: Peggy Olislaegers through Yorkshire Dance’s Sketch programme (2015).