Mele Broomes is an award winning choreographer being presented the Total Theatre Award in association with The Place for best dance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 for her VOID a V/DA and MHz production in association with Feral.
Mele is Black British choreographer, director, dancer and experimental vocalist. Mele embodies stories from the collective consciousness. Creating visceral and sensory collaborations through her ancestral inheritance. Activating social questions. Remembering and celebrationIng.
Mele has choreographed and performed nationally and internationally at GREC Festival (Barcelona), Dance International Glasgow, OFTTA (Montreal), danceGATHERING (Lagos), The Centre For The Less Good Ideas (Johannesburg), Tramway (Glasgow), Bloc Party (Lagos), Dance Live (Aberdeen) to name a few and has collaborated with Mushroom Hour Half Hour (Johannesburg), Eva Yufra (Barcelona), Lindiwe Matshikiza (Johannesburg), Zephyr Liddell (Glasgow), Ashanti Harris (Glasgow), Patricia Panther (Glasgow), Sabrina Henry (UK), Story Board P (New York) amongst others.
Founder of multi-disciplinary collaborative collective V/DA and co-founder along side Ashanti Harris and Rhea Lewis of Project X Scotland. Project X celebrates dance from the African Caribbean Diaspora in Scotland for adults and children. Through workshops, performances.
V/DA & MHz production in association with Feral
WINNER OF TOTAL THEATRE AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PLACE , EDINBURGH FRINGE 2018
VOID reimagines JG Ballard’s cult novel Concrete Island through the lens of a black female protagonist - staged as a meshing of experimental dance and abstract glitch video landscapes. Blending typically Ballardian themes of liminal spaces and urban paranoia with contemporary theories from radical identity studies, Mele Broomes performs risk taking choreography to the backdrop of an industrial soundscape.
Take Me Somewhere Festival 2019
A spiritual collective energy materialised through sound and music, dance and voice.
This is an invitation to the seance.
A vent of desperation, a call for empowerment from the ancestors.
Looking at the past, present and future, subverting elements used to shape and manipulate us for the imperialist gaze, Sonic Séance is a passage through the minerals of our earth, ancient symbols, sexual leverage and colonial primitivist fantasies.
This is our language to describe our experiences; we stand together, we lose ourselves in musical rapture.
“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth” [Maya Angelou]