A Riddle 
(2020)

Supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme. In collaboration with the English Faculty as part of the Professor of Poetry lecture series, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) and DANSOX. This film was made during lockdown to accompany a postal poetry performance in celebration of the Advent Full Moon, led by Alice Oswald. 

Concept and poetry: Alice Oswald

Music: Joseph Kay

Choreography and performance: Estela Merlos & Thomasin Gulgeç

Film & Photography: Rocio Chacon

Lighting: Satu Streatfield

Letter design: Kevin Mount

Blind spots
(2019)

A "something which causes" is substance,

A "nothing which does" is a void.

There is a name, there is a substance

- Then it occupies a place with other things.

There is no name, there is no substance

- Then it occupies the void between things.

What can be said, what can it be conceived,

Recedes from it farther the more you say.

~Chuang Tzu

Music: Joseph Kay

Choreography and performance: Estela Merlos & Thomasin Gulgeç

Film: Rocio Chacon

How many eyes do we see being two?
(2018)

Our way of looking, our look itself can unceasingly be born again if we consider the other as other, with respect for the mystery of the difference existing between us. Indeed it prevents us from reducing him, or her, to an object or to an image that we can appropriate, take as a part of our own world, of our own self. A gesture that paralyses the becoming of each subject and finally brings death to the two subjects, the looked at and the one looking, including the death of sight.'  

                                                                            ~ Luce Irigaray

Choreographic score: Estela Merlos 

Music composition: Joseph Kay

Music written for and performed by: Ensemble Klang

Dancers: Piedad Albarracin Seiquer and Liam Riddick

Filming: Sophie Sparkes

Lighting: Chris Burr

Nono 
(2017)

Nono is an ongoing movement study of stillness, impulse and spontaneity. 

The solo looks at the relationship one has with past, present and the imprints that remain.

Commissioned by Pavillion Dance South West, Bournemouth, UK. October 2017

Concept: Thomasin Gulgeç & Estela Merlos

Direction: Thomasin Gulgeç

Performance: Estela Merlos

¿Y ahora ádonde vamos?
(2016)

Choreography and performance: Miguel Altunaga and Estela Merlos.

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Premiered at Valencia Dancing Forward Inagural Gala 2017. Teatre de la Rambleta, Valencia, Spain

The Reservoir
(2016)

Inspired by Jean-Dominque Bauby’s book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, this duet explores transitional states of disembodiment and a sense of release through memory and imagination. The impulsive and rhythmic music, composed by solo cellist and producer Oliver Coates, is imbued with dreamlike patterns and submerged echoes.

Wilton's Strike Festival 2016 - Wilton's Music Hall, London, UK

Commissioned by Wilton's Music Hall

Bedum bedum
(2016)

"Please while make on allow for the at to occur destination via hard board side connections between minding once you have left no no no please enter within has been SCHWINDON!!!!"

bedum bedum  is a dance piece on the theme of disorder.

Ignition Dance Festival 2016 - Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston, UK

Commissioned by Dance West and Kingston University

Dance and Choreography: Thomasin Gulgec and Estela Merlos

Sound Design: Thomasin Gulgec

UKOK
(2015)

Inspired by the alliance of women with nature in nomadic culture, Ukok explores the intuition and vigilance of the feminine figure.

British Spanish Society Gala 2015 - The Place, London , UK

Commissioned by Graham Watts OBE, Fabiana Jaramillo and British Spanish Society.

Dance and Choreography: Estela Merlos

Music: Mecánica Popular

My Dust Will Tell
(2015)

My Dust Will Tell is a journey of courage, exploring the urge of escaping from what may be imposed on us.


"This process has allowed me to go beyond my boundaries, I have been able to relate real memories to every moment of the choreography which have evoked a natural symbiosis of movement and emotion from the beginning of the creation. Every day in the studio has been a new challenge, a new discovery of my own self"
                                                            
Piedad Albarracín Séiquer 

Choreography: Estela Merlos

Performance: Piedad Albarracín Séiquer

Music: R. Enrique González

Costume: Paula Tafalla

 

Entre Tú y Yo
(2013)

Every ego is continuously struggling for survival, trying to protect and enlarge itself. To uphold the "I" thought it needs the opposite thought of "the other".

                                        

~Eckhart Tolle

Entre Tú y Yo is a portrayal of dependency and confrontation within the illusory sense of self.

Rambert Evening of Choreogarphy 2013 - Lilian Baylis Theatre (Sadler's Wells), London, UK