Pietra De Mello-Pittman MBE
Co Founder & Creative Producer
While Pietra was still dancing at the Royal Ballet, Pietra and Ella Spira (Sisters Grimm), conceived and produced their first full length musical dance production, "INALA" meaning abundance of goodwill in Zulu, with Grammy award winning, South African legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, current and former dancers of the Royal Ballet & Rambert, with choreography by Mark Baldwin OBE and new music co-written by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ella Spira.
•Critically acclaimed, sell out theatrical success playing at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh International Festival, London’s Sadler’s Wells and UK & International touring.
•Performed at The Royal Variety Performance 2014, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, broadcast on ITV channel
•60,000 total live seats sold 2014 -2015
•Total 2014 PR reach across radio, tv, digital and print platforms was 33 million.
•Manchester Theatre Award nominated - 2016 Best Special Entertainment
•Grammy Award nominated - 2016 Best World Music Album.
INALA had been developed over 5 years, this partly due to it being their first major international production, and aligning with the 20 year anniversary of South African democracy.
In 2015 INALA was programmed as part of the Chekov International Theatre festival, in Moscow, for 5 performances in the Mossovet Theatre and due to phenomenal demand, INALA returned to the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, for 6 performances. Sisters Grimm were honoured to join forces with ATG (Ambassador Theatre Group) to co-produce INALA which enabled a further 5 weeks of UK regional touring.