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Underwater Virtual World – A Jellyfish Love Song TONIGHT (27th May 2021)

Rural Arts has commissioned dance artist Ella Mesma to create a brand-new virtual world performance on a brand-new platform! A Jellyfish Love Song invites you to journey beyond your imagination in this exciting experience that combines live performance with alternate reality.

Share in the fun with Ella Mesma’s video creation – A Jellyfish Love Song, inspired by a passion for our beautiful planet. This virtual performance is a fun celebration of nature and offers hope in this unique time we’re living in. This performance will be hosted on Topia, so that you can enjoy a whole new performance experience like no other.

Join us on this journey beyond your imagination for an experience that combines live performance with alternate reality. A Jellyfish love Song is an underwater love story that provides accessible entertainment from the comfort of your own home.

“I am very passionate about our beautiful planet and wanted to celebrate nature”, says Ella. “A Jellyfish Love Song is an underwater celebration of music, movement and nature.
I love to play, and especially as adults, we can be cut off from being playful. This is why I’ve chosen to host my performance on a platform called Topia: so that audiences can experience a fun new approach to play”.

A Jellyfish Love Song offers hope and inspiration in different and difficult times. It’s also a feat of collaboration: Sami Leach and Jessica Rosas have created ‘Getting Better Boxes’ and a beautiful illustrated programme, editing and videography has been undertaken by editor Munirat Plummer and Ashley Karrell, and singer Beth Rowley and dancer Franck Arnaud Lusbec will be performing live on the night alongside a number of artists in the recorded video experience.

“We’re so excited for A Jellyfish Long Song. It’s new, unique and incredibly exciting. Ella and her team has worked so hard, and we’re thrilled to be able to be providing paid work to such a range of freelance artists during this difficult time, as well as creating an experience for audiences across North Yorkshire and beyond to connect over and enjoy”

A Jellyfish Love story takes place tonight, Thursday 27th May. Tickets can be booked here:

About Ella Mesma

Ella is an established professional artist with over 15 years of experience in dance and movement. Of mixed heritage, based between Leeds, Ella began her dance career dancing salsa in clubs, and training samba in Brazil where she paraded in carnival as a passista in 2006. Ella began breaking just before she started her conservatoire training at Laban/LSCD. As a trained dancer, performance highlights have included Russell Maliphant Company, Lea Anderson (The Chomondeleys), Olympics Opening Ceremony, Southpaw and Uchenna.

Ella Mesma is the published author of Journal to Joy and offers a year long coaching platform for creatives under the Goddxss Path and Maya Gandaia, director of award winning company Business Yoga (Prestige award 2020). Ella is passionate about working with older dancers, and was a part of the Dance On project at Yorkshire Dance. Her love for Rumba has led to her creating and touring the international Roots of Rumba Festival since 2013.

Ella was Associate Artist at Dance City (2017), Associate Artist Trinity Centre Bristol (2018), Slate World Artist (2020), Pervasive Media Studio Resident (2020) and is Pavillion Dance South West Associate (2020-2021).