Cunningham Centennial Solos at Oriente Occidente Festival (Italy)

Daniel Squire, who staged the London performance of Night of 100 Solos and former dancer of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will create a unique arrangement of solos for Oriente Occidente 2020. These will be performed in a tribute evening at the Zandonai Theatre and in site-specific performances organized in the city center streets of Rovereto.

Choreography: Merce Cunningham
Danced by: Luke Ahmet, Harry Alexander, Daphne Fernberger, Molly Hick, Hannah Kidd, Thomasin Gülgeç, Estela Merlos, Rowan Parker, Benjamin Warbis
Music: John King, 100tone-candles
Costumes designed & built by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Arranged and staged by Daniel Squire
Courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust
Choreography by Merce Cunningham © Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.

The Koppel Project - August 2020

Artist residency at the old building of Central Saint Martins in Centra London. A platform to continue developing dance and teaching practice alongside Thomasin Gulgec and visual artist Rocio Chacon. Also an opportunity to revisit and present last year's creation Blind spots and Chacon's solo piece Inland

Sonoma - LA VERONAL. Grec Festival 2020 (Barcelona)

Marcos Morau takes up the essential ideas of his earlier piece, “Le Surréalisme au service de la Révolution”, created in 2016 on Ballet de Lorraine. The piece was based on the figure of Buñuel, both in medieval Calanda where he was born and cosmopolitan Paris where he later lived, and between his Jesuit discipline and his eventual surreal freedom. Now that microcosm is developed and expanded in ‘Sonoma’ with La Veronal.
‘Sonoma’ is born from the need to return to the origin, to the body, to the flesh, and from meat and organic matter to get lost on a journey between sleep and fiction where the human meets the extraordinary. To make everyday things strange, giving up on building meanings, letting signs germinate and proliferate alone; communicating with the most irrational layers of humanity, where the united cries out to separate, and the separated always seeks to rejoin.

Until the Lions - Opera National du Rhin and Shobana Jeyasingh (March 2020)

An opera adaptation of the novel Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata by writer Karthika Naïr, this world premiere by French composer Thierry Pécou, commissioned by the Opéra national du Rhin and staged by choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh will premiere on 21st March 2020 at Opera National du Rhin, Strasburg (France)

Musical Director: Marie Jacquot

Stage Director, choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh

Stage set, Costumes: Merle Hensel

Lighting: Floriaan Ganzevoort

Martial arts facilitator: Saju Hari

Assistant to staging director: Estela Merlos



Fiona Tong, Cody Quattlebaum, Noa Frenkel, Mirella Hagen, Anaïs Yvoz, CCN • Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse

Staging Schiele - Shobana Jeyasingh Dance (Autumn 2019)

New creation by London based choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh inspired by the work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. 

Creative team

Composer: Orlando Gough

Visual artist: Ben Cullen Williams

Lighting designer: Adam Carree

Video design: YeastCulture

Costume design: Cottweiler

Dancers: Catharina Carvalho, Sunbee Han, Dane Hurst and Estela Merlos

Dockyard Festival 2019 - 3 August

Delighted to be performing an extract from recently premiered duet Blind spots at Dockyard Festival 2019. With the support from Swindon Dance and Arts Council England, Blind spots is a collaboration with dance and martial artist Thomasin Gulgec and music composer Joseph Kay. A short movement workshop will be offered after the performance, all ages welcome!

Where: Clocknhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Woolwich Dockyard, SE18 5QL

When: 4pm

Jacob's Pillow Festival 2019 (US)

The Happiness Project choreographed by Umanoove's director Didy Veldman and with music by Alexander Balanescu , was part of the iconic American dance festival Jacob's Pillow this summer. It was a wonderful experience to perform in such historical place in the middle of Massachussets spectacular nature.

Blind spots (new work by Merlos and Gulgeç)

Blind spots is a new duet by Thomasin Guleç and Estela Merlos in collaboration with interdisciplinary sound artist and composer Joseph Kay. Commissioned by Swindon Dance and supported by Arts Council England, Blind spots explores our conditions in which experience is shaped by the capacity to adapt. The work will premiere on 21st June at Swindon Dance and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. 

Video available here 

Night of 100 solos: Merce Cunningham Centennial Event

Feeling honoured to be performing at this unique and historical event , celebrating the life and work of influential American choreographer Merce Cunningham. 

Performance on 16th April 2019 at London's Barbican Theatre.

Live Stream and further information about The Event available on link below.

Creative team:

Daniel Squire: Staging

John King: Music Director

Ken Tabachnick: Executive Producer

Trevor Carlson: Creative Producer

Choreographic Project - Prix de Lausanne 2019

Thrilled to have had taken part in the second edition of Prix de Lausanne's Choreographic Project, assisting dutch choreograher and Umanoove's artistic director Didy Veldman. 'Is to Be' is a new dance work that was created in one week with 26 students from the Prix de Lausanne partner schools and was premiered at Beaulieu Theatre on 9th February 2019.

Contagion - Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW and supported by Wellcome, Contagion is a 40-minute promenade dance work exploring viral contagion and war as pandemic in science, art and war-related sites across the UK. It opens at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed on 15 & 16 September, a former army barracks where soldiers were sent to keep fit during the first world war,

For further autumn 2018 touring dates please click on link below.


DANSOX Motion and Meaning (July 2018)

The JdP Music Building at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford welcomes one of Holland's most innovative group of unconducted musicians, Ensemble Klang to work with five dancer-choreographers and four composers (St Hilda's, St Anne's) in a unique collaboration resulting in four new works of 'Motion and Meaning'

Anna Appleby – CUE (Choreography: Malgorzata Dzierzon. Dancers: Piedad Albarracin Seiquer, Liam Riddick)


Joel Baldwin – Grim’s Ditch feat. mezzo Michaela Riener and a film by Sophie Sparkes (Choreography: Patricia Okenwa. Dancers: Estela Merlos, Liam Riddick)


Joseph Currie – How many eyes do we have then, being two... (Choreography: Estela Merlos. Dancers: Liam Riddick, Piedad Albarracin Seiquer)


Sophie Sparkes – new work (instrumental) (Lighting Design by Christopher Burr)

Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Programe (June 2018)

Final  segment of my first year of the Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Programme at Instituto Feldenkrais - Barcelona International II. Programme directed by Phd. Mara Fusero and Patricio Simon. Guest teacher this month: Ruty Bar

Thanks to the support of Dancers Career Development

La Veronal (May - June 2018)

Thrilled to be assisting internationaly acclaimed director and choreographer Marcos Morau on La Veronal's new production Pasionaria. This new work by Barcelona based company is a co-production with Teatros del Canal (Madrid), Théâtre National de Chaillot (París), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Sadler’s Wells (London), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Temporada Alta – Festival de Tardor de Catalunya (Girona – Salt), Grec Festival  (Barcelona), Oriente Occidente Dance Festival (Rovereto, Italy).

Premiere 2 and 3  June 2018 - Teatros del Canal (Madrid, Spain)

Festival Grec 25 and 26 July 2018 - Teatre Lliure (Barcelona, Spain)

Easter Intesive (April 2018)

Looking forward to be teaching and creating for Swindon Dance CAT students during their Easter Intensive alongside dancer and maker Thomasin Gulgec. 

Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Programme (March 2018)

Really excited to start the third segment of my first year of the Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Programme at Instituto Feldenkrais - Barcelona International II. Programme directed by Phd. Mara Fusero and Patricio Simon. Guest teacher this month: Thomas Farnbacher

Thanks to the support of Dancers Career Development

The Borrowers (Preview Performances) - December 2017

Preview performances of a new dance theatre production that will capture the imagination of children, families and people of all ages, based on Mary Norton’s much loved book The Borrowers, about tiny people who live under the floorboards.

Choreographed by director Jane Hackett and dance artists Estela Merlos and Thomasin Gulgec, the production playfully integrates contemporary dance, physical theatre, animation and sound to bring to life this magical tale.

Set within an oversized world of beautiful hand-painted animation, created by artist Betsy Dadd, with a specially commissioned score from composer Tobias Saunders.

Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Programme - November 2017

Really excited to start the second segment of my first year of the Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Programme at Instituto Feldenkrais - Barcelona International II. Programme directed by Phd. Mara Fusero and Patricio Simon.

Thanks to the support of Dancers Career Development


'Nono' at Pavillion Dance Bournemouth - October 2017

After two weeks of research at Swindon Dance in September, Nono was presented on 5th October at Pavillion Dance Bournemouth as a part of Hatch & Scratch, a choreographic platform opportunity to show our work-in-progress.

Nono is a solo piece performed by Merlos and directed by co-creator Thomasin Gulgec. Nono looks at the relationship one has with past and present, savouring the imprints that remain. A return to the origins through an improvised performance where the notions of silence and motion in stillness are at the core of the work.

Swindon Dance Associate Artists 2017-2018

Delighted to become Swindon Dance Associate Artist  with fellow dance artist Thomasin Gulgec. 

Beijing Summer School (14th to 19th August 2017)

Delighted to have been invited to lead six days of contemporary workshops during the 4th Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition Summer School.

MOARÉ (Grec Festival 2017)

Thrilled to join Catalan dance artist Ariadna Montfort  as artistic assistant and rehearsal director this summer.  

Winner of Premi Coreogràfic Institut del Teatre 2016, Moaré was commissioned for the Grec Festival 2017. The full production will be premiered at Sala Hiroshima in Barcelona on 26, 27 and 28 July.

Direction of choreography: Ariadna Montfort

Dancers: Ioseba Yerro, Izaguirre, Angela Boix Durán, Blanca Tolsà Rovira  i Roberto Gómez

Music: Volans

Lighting: Álvaro Frutos

Costume Design: Adriana Parra

Artistic assistant and rehearsal director: Estela Merlos

Dramaturgy: Alba Pujol

The Happiness Project - UK Spring Tour 2017

After touring The Happiness Project during autumn  2016,  Umanoove's will continue its performances this Spring.. Choreography by Dutch born choreographer Didy Veldman and music by Romanian composer Alexander Balanescu.

2017 Easter Workshops (The Place - London)

Creative workshops on recent works by choreographers Didy Veldman and Shobana Jeyasingh at The Place this Easter:


9 April 2017

The Happiness Project  (alongside dancer Hannah Kidd)

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10 to 12 April 2017

Bayadere - The Ninth Life by Shobana Jeyasingh ( alongside dancers Avatara Ayuso and Wayne Parsons)

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March 09, 2017

Daphnis and Chloe

New work co-commissioned by St John's Smith Square, Minerva Piano Trio, and MusicArt London.

The Minerva Piano Trio will premiere Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe, a new adaptation of Ravel's ballet Daphnis and Chloe, featuring a a new piano trio transcription and a dance choreography of selected movements from Ravel's ballet score. The evening's concert programme include works by Mozart, Cheryl-Frances Hoad, and Ravel.

Choreography: Patricia Okenwa

Dancers: Thomasin Gulgec and Estela Merlos

February 19, 2017

TAW (The Audition Workshop)

Delighted to be part of TAW's second edition  mentoring programme. TAW is directed by dance artist and coach Regina Wielingen to support dancers and dance students inside and outside of the studio, to help them grow and ease them into the dance world. 

I am thrilled to be joining guest choreographers and teachers Dane Hurst and Nicole Guarino and excited to be able to offer my support and experience to the participants involved.

February 03, 2017

Sadler's Wells Sample 2017

Extract performances of Shobana Jeyasingh's 'La Bayadère - The Ninth Life' at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London (3rd and 4th February 2017) and at The Lowry, Manchester (24th and 25th February 2017)

January 04, 2017

Shanghai American School Residency

Choreographic residency in China teaching alongside Shobana Jeyasingh Dance dance artist and educator Maxine Phillips. During the two weeks we will introduce  the company's history and principles of Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance techniques. Taking inspiration from  latest company works 'La Bayadère - The Ninth Life' and 'Strange Blooms', the students will take part in creative tasks while approaching Shobana's choreographic process. The residency will include a creative day with Western Academy of Beijing students and will culminate with an open sharing for teachers and other students of the campus.

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