This year’s Ignition Dance Festival line-up features an array of talented artists and one of them is Barcelona-born Estela Merlos.
Estela trained at Escola de Dansa Mado and Central School of Ballet where she obtained the Solo Seal Award.
She toured with Ballet Central and danced with Cannes Jeune Ballet as well as IT Dansa before joining Rambert Dance Company where she stayed between 2008 and 2014.
She has performed internationally works by Ohad Naharin, Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela among others.
As a freelance artist, Estela has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh, Hubert Essakow, New Movement Collective and Patricia Okenwa. Estela was nominated for Outstanding Dancer of the Year by Dance Europe Magazine in 2010.
Estela believes in the continuous experimentation and internalisation of the body, combining emotional and sensory awareness with physicality. Her artistic ethos strongly connects with her interest in martial arts.
For Ignition, Estela partners up with choreographer Thomasin Gulgec, who trained at Swindon Dance and Rambert School. Formerly from Rambert, Thomasin received a Critics Circle Award in 2009 for Outstanding Performance in Hush by Christopher Bruce and performs internationally as a freelance dance artist and has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Luca Silvestrini to name a few.
Their piece plays with the theme of losing control and regaining control again.
Estela said: “And also how we play with each other and how we dare one another. Maybe perhaps not questioning so much the things that happen, but really allow this dialogue to impact these moments…”
Here is an interview with Estela about their piece for Ignition Dance Festival:
Other choreographers participating in this year’s Ignition Dance Festival are: Salah El Brogy, Cindy Claes, Jane Coulston and Sally Marie. All six have performed with some of the world’s leading choreographers and dance companies before launching their own choreographic careers.
What can you expect from this year’s festival? Now in its third year, it is the only festival of its kind in West London.
The two-day in July event showcases brand new work by pioneering choreographers at Kingston’s Rose Theatre.
Catch this year’s Ignition Festival at the Rose Theatre Kingston on Saturday, July 2.