New year transformation at Pavilion Dance

A NEW dance work inspired by the lifecycle of the butterfly, Papyllon, by Ella Mesma, is being streamed by Pavilion Dance South West from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th January.

This transformative new piece provides an opportunity to see a work in development from one of the UK’s rising dance talents. Responding to the need for high quality artistic entertainment during lockdown, PDSW is live-streaming this powerful work to be enjoyed by audiences up and down the country.

Inspired by the lifecycle of the butterfly and each stage of metamorphosis, Papyllon explores ideas of identity, privilege and imposter syndrome as Ella confesses to the audience how and why she doesn’t fit with society.

The live music from Marv Radio (Sound Connections’ New Voices; Mantra) is entirely improvised in response to Ella’s work as the piece seamlessly blends dance, text, song and aerial silks. Papyllon skillfully plays with form to explore ideas of race, heritage, nature and nurture even as it uses shamanism and alchemy to inform the piece.

This performance by Ella Mesma, PDSW’s company in residence, kicks off PDSW’s 25th anniversary with a story of transformation. There will be a post-show discussion with PDSW’s artistic director and chief executive, Zannah Chisholm.

Access for Papyllon will be available with a Pay What You Can donation from 18th January on https://www.pdsw.org.uk/whats-on/papyllon-rd-by-ella- mesma-livestream-repeat-with-audio-description/