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Pleasure Island - Festival Ensems 2021
Pleasure Island II, in collaboration with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, revolves around the idea of adult isolation as a strategy to escape from oneself. This isolation is thought of as a reduction in a physical space where unpredictable situations that unfold dialogues and encounters with strange, fascinating and imagined objects have a place. Some encounters that take place at the crossroads between the scenic and the musical.
With Elliot Carter’s Mosaic, we cross the dance corps with the ensemble to explore a dimension of the body and movement in relation to unusual sound: from its capacity for deformation and extension as a starting point to tell stories or build other shelters. Likewise, this work and its staging are proposed as a result of the work developed with the participants in the ENOA (European Network Opera Academies) workshops in collaboration with the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.
The Pleasure Island project ends with the world premiere of the work Internités by the composer Januibe Tejera. Intermités, a word conceived as a mixture between interior (interne) and infinite (eternité), represents the present, internal and individual time of each one, at the same time as finite. The work proposes an exploration of the various forms of experience over time in dialogue with the movement of Ariadna Montfort and Estela Merlos. The moment, often subliminal, becomes the axis of continuity.
Sea Change - Boris Charmatz, MIF Festival 2021
Daring new dance work designed for Manchester's Deansgate by French choreographer Boris Charmatz. Sea Change is a huge human jigsaw featuring more than 150 Greater Manchester residents among the cast.
Created especially for the Festival, Sea Change will fill Deansgate with a chain of professional and non-professional dancers with a unique and captivating response to the pandemic – a celebration of togetherness in a post-lockdown world.
‘Designed as both a large festive gathering and a work of art, Sea Change works on two levels: viewers will perceive a single organism, one single continuous movement made by the many, and each participant singularly embodying the piece.’ – Boris Charmatz
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival and Terrain.
Choreography: Boris Charmatz
Chreorgrapher's Assistant: Magali Caillet-Gajan
Music selection: Olivier Renouf
Sound designer: Dan Steele Sound
Costume designer: Florence Samain
Dancer-Assistants: Djino Alolo Saban, Ilario Santoro, Marion Zurbach, Thomasin Gülgeç, Gemma Higginbotham, Neila Callhan, Claire Godsmark, Estela Merlos
Further information about the event
Clorinda - Shobana Jeyasingh Dance (Jan - March 2021)
Creation process for a new dance-opera inspired after Monteverdi's Il Combatimento, directed by Sri Lankan London based choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh.
Artists and Collaborators:
Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh
Composers: Claudio Monteverdi and Kareem Roustom
Music Director: Robert Hollingworth
Singer: Ed Lyon
Dancers: Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
Rehearsal Director: Estela Merlos
Set and costume: Merle Hensel
Light design: Lee Curran
Sound engineer: Fred de Faye
Upcoming news on Sadler's Wells premiere and 2022 tour
Moon Viewing: A Postal Poetry Performance - Nov 2020
TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) is collaborating with the English Faculty, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) and DANSOX as part of the Professor of Poetry Lecture Series, to invite 500 participants to be part of a Postal Poetry Performance, taking place at midnight on Thursday 30th November. This project is directed by Alice Oswald
Artists and collaborators:
Poetry: Alice Oswald
Design: Kevin Mount
Sound Artsist: Joseph Kay
Choreography and Dance: Estela Merlos and Thomasin Gulgec
Full piece available here
Adventures in Film 2020
Little Grasses Crack Through Stone: A short dance film inspired by Sylvia Plath's poem Three Women
Choreography: Anjali Mehra
Dancers: Charlotte Broom, Cordelia Braithwaite and Estela Merlos
Evolving from the New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA) originally established by colleagues and friends in celebration of Matthew Bourne’s 50th birthday in 2010, ADVENTURES IN FILM aims to bring about career developing opportunities to women from a multitude of backgrounds, experiences and collective world views; providing them with a platform to exercise and hone their skills as artists, producers and creative storytellers.
Full film available here
Cunnigham Centennial Event: Oriente Occidente Festival - Sept 2020
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, Benjamin Warbis.
The Koppel Project - August 2020
Artist residency curated by Arts Charity The Koppel Project. A fantastic platform at the old building of Central Saint Martins in Central London to continue developing dance and teaching practice alongside dance artist Thomasin Gulgec and visual artist Rocio Chacon. Also an opportunity to revisit 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.
Artists and Collaborators:
Direction: Marcos Morau
Choreography: Marcos Morau in collaboration with dancers
Dancers: Ariadna Montfort, Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodriguez, Nuria Navarra, Angel Boix, Laia Duran, Anna Hierro, Sau-Ching Wong, Alba Barral,
Rehearsal Director: Estela Merlos
Dramaturgy: Conde de Torrefiel, Pablo Gisbert, Roberto Fratini
Sound Designer: Cristobal Saavedra
Costume Designer: Silvia Delagneaux
Lighting Designer: Bernat Jansà
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
Artists: 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.
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
Rehearsal Directors: Ruth Voon and Claire Cunningham
Dockyard Festival 2019 - 3 August
Extract performance 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: Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Woolwich Dockyard, SE18 5QL
Jacob's Pillow Festival 2019 (US)
The Happiness Project choreographed by Humanoove'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 - Summer 2019
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.
Daniel Squire: Staging
John King: Music Director
Ken Tabachnick: Executive Producer
Trevor Carlson: Creative Producer
Choreographic Project - Prix de Lausanne 2019
Second edition of Prix de Lausanne's Choreographic Project, assisting dutch choreograher and Humanoove'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 - Autumn 2018
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 touring dates please click here.
DANSOX Motion and Meaning - July 2018
The Jaqueline du Prez 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 Kay – 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)
Pasionaria: La Veronal - May to June 2018
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)
The Borrowers - Dec 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.
Nono at Pavillion Dance South West - Oct 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
Thomasin Gulgec and Estela Merlos have been granted the opportunity to become Swindon Dance Associate Artsist 2017 - 2018
Promotion video link available to watch here
Moaré - Grec Festival 2017
Joining 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 and Roberto Gómez
Lighting: Álvaro Frutos
Costume Design: Adriana Parra
Artistic assistant and rehearsal director: Estela Merlos
Dramaturgy: Alba Pujol