Supported by an original soundtrack, striking costumes and an outstanding international cast, MERLIN is a dark tale instilled by the protean spirit of the eponym character.
MERLIN is a dance-theatre quintet with a cast of five outstanding international performers. An emotional, engaging and physical dance work. Jazmin Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli, in collaboration with a group of artists, present a rigorously structured group piece, chiselled choreography colliding with intuitive impulse: a mix of individual urge, group synchronicity, chaos and order. MERLIN aims to merge animalism and finesse, in the choreography as much as in the movement vocabulary.
Jostling with rational narrative and swimming in the substance of myth, MERLIN dives into body textures to invoke tales, pagan carnivals, dark waters, Orphic themes, monsters, wild animals, a battered queen, a shamanic devil, a strong-headed child-woman, countless images that resonate in our hearts, the fading of time, and of course, Merlin himself, and his mischievous grin.
Concept and artistic direction: Alexandre Iseli & Jazmin Chiodi
Choreography: Alexandre Iseli & Jazmin Chiodi, with the dancers
Contribution to the choreographic research: Lorenzo Dallai
Dancers: Jazmin Chiodi, Clara Protar, Kiko López, Sarah Ryan, Alexandre Iseli
Creatives: Oscar Mascareñas (Music), Pierre Canitrot (Costumes), Kevin Smith (Lighting Design)
Merlin was funded by the Arts Council under the Project Awards scheme, co-produced by Tipperary Dance Platform and commissioned by Dance East. Creation and production supported by residences at Tipperary Excel Arts Centre, EiMA Creation Centre, Compagnie Marie Lenfant, Project Arts Centre, Tig Roy. Early developments of the project were supported by Hélène Cathala, Le Grand Studio, Dublin Dance Festival, Fringe LAB, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Lorenzo Dallai and Oran Leong.
Jazmín Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli are resident artists at Tipperary Dance Platform, with the support of Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Excel Arts Centre and the Arts Council under the Dance Artist in Residency Award and have been touring internationally with the support of Culture Ireland.