Greta Mendez MBE
Greta Mendez is an international award-winning director, producer, choreographer, former dancer and carnivalist who has shaped contemporary British performance for over forty years. She was the first Trinidadian to dance with the Scottish Ballet and the first black woman to direct a contemporary dance company in the UK. Based in London, Greta specialises in performance art, movement and theatre that embodies a strong social agenda. Recurrent themes throughout her work include migration, diaspora, identity, otherness, common ground and the relationship between ‘developed’ nations and the so-called ‘third world’.
Greta has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career. In 2012, Greta was recognised by the Trinidad and Tobago government for outstanding Achievement in Arts. Her last film, Kashmir’s Ophelia (2012), a sharp allegory that provided a commentary on the violation of human rights in Kashmir’s most heavily militarised zones, won an honourable mention at the 2013 International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality, as well as a Platinum Award at the 2013 Documentary & Short International Movie Award.
Greta’s individual and collaborative work has taken her to Germany, Italy, Greece, Indonesia, China, India, Kashmir, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA. In the UK, her work has been shown and performed in leading British arts institutions such as The Royal Opera House, National Theatre, The Lyceum, Hackney Empire, Bristol Old Vic and the Arnolfini Bristol.
Mendez is currently editing her film ‘Ah! Hard Rain.’