Choreography


Estela has presented her own work in various galas and choreographic platforms in Spain and the UK, including creations for Rambert’s New Evening of Choreography at the Lilian Baylis Theatre and The Place Resolution! 2015.

Estela believes in the continuous experimentation and internalisation of the body, combining emotional and sensory awareness with high physicality. 




bedum, bedum

bedum bedum is a new creation by Thomasin Gulgec and Estela Merlos. Commissioned by Dance West and Ignition Dance Festival, their work will be premiered at The Rose Theatre, Kingston on 2nd July 2016.

Photo by Gigi Gianella







THE RESERVOIR



The Reservoir premiere. New dance commission by Wilton's Strike Dance Festival 2016 on the theme of MEMORY.

Choreography and performance: Estela Merlos & Thomasin Gulgec

Music: Solo cellist and producer  Oliver Coates

Photo by Judita Kuniskyte







UKOK

Estela has recently finished creating UKOK, a new solo she will premiere in London on 26 November 2015 at the Robin Howard Theatre - The Place, London, as part as the British Spanish Society Gala and Cloud Dance Festival on 29 November 2015.


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

Choreography and performance: Estela Merlos
Music: Las Maravillas del mañana’ by Mecánica Popular - Luis Delgado & Eugenio Muñoz
Costume: Thomasin Gulgec and Estela Merlos
Photography: Lorenzo Hernández







Merlos has a lot of fire in the flash of her eyes but there is also a poetic flow in the powerful dislocation of space her movement provokes.


Nicholas Minns





RAMBERT CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCY

After two weeks of research in Barcelona (Feb 2015) for a new creation with dancer Thomasin Gulgeç, Rambert offered us a week R&D in August 2015 in collaboration with singer Clare McCalding and composer Toby Young









'MY DUST WILL TELL' (Feb 2015)



Premiered at The Robin Howard Theatre - The Place (London) as part of Resolution! 2015


Choreography: Estela Merlos

Dancers: Piedad Albarracín Séiquer and Estela Merlos
Music: R. Enrique González
Costume: Paula Tafalla







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"


                                                                                           Dancer, Piedad Albarracín Séiquer



"The clarity of intent, the deep torsion and tension of the dancing – especially Séiquer's searing solo – lift the work above the studious and into the realm of theatre"

         Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian

"It seemed to be a dancing dichotomy of power and control"

       Hayley McLeod




'BEYOND THE HORIZON' (Jan 2014)

(Saint Martins in the Fields, London)

Estela was asked to choreograph for the closing piece of 'Beyond the Horizon'. A New Years' welcoming gala celebrating Classical music and dance from the East and West, composed by Fabio d'Andrea and Satoko Fukuda as creative director.
The cast was joined by dancers from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Central School of Ballet.


Image taken during rehearsal by Tom Rowland









'ENTRE TÚ Y YO' (Dec 2013)


(Lilian Baylis Studio, London)

Estela was comissioned to choreograph for Rambert's Evening of New Choreography. The performances took place at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, London on December 2013.


"A brilliant piece and the highlight of the evening! The choreography was astute, clean, edgy and also wonderfully danced."     
                                                                                    
 Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros, Bachtrack



"In this particular occasion, the sharp intake of breath award goes to Merlos"

       Deborah Weiss, Dance Europe


Image taken during rehearsal by Pierre Tappon


              





'WALKING ON'

15th anniversary of IT Dansa, Barcelona, Spain. April 2013
Choreography and dancers: Estela Merlos and Mai Lisa Guinoo (Gothenbourg Balllet)


'UNDER THE SKIN'
  
Dance World Cup 2012, Barcelona, Spain.
Choreography and dancers: Estela Merlos and Thomasin Gulgeç (Russell Maliphant Company and Company Chameleon)


'POR PRIMERA VEZ'

Gala de Itziar Mendizabal y compañia - Hondarribia , Spain. July 2011
Choreography: Miguel Altunaga (Rambert) 
Creative Collaborator: Estela Merlos
Dancers: Miguel Altunaga and Estela Merlos