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MERCEDES PEDROCHE

Choreographer, dancer and teacher working on independent performing arts creation since 2005. She develops interdisciplinary stage and pedagogical projects, understanding art as a tool for reflection and social transformation. Currently, her research interests in the field of creation straddle dance and theatre creations, where reality becomes fiction and the spectator is an active participant in the events on stage, sharing questions and reflexions on the motivations and concerns of human beings in their vital context.

 

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Born in Madrid (Spain), 1974.

Outstanding in the Master in Theater Creation (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), directed by the playwright and theater director Juan Mayorga. She developed her dance training in Madrid (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Escuela Profesional de Danza Carmen Senra, Conservatorio Superior de Danza María de Ávila), Nueva York (Steps, Broadway Dance Center), Roma (Istituto Addestramento Lavoratori dello Spettacolo) and Viena (Impulstanz).

Bachelor Degree in Business and Economics (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Degree in Classical Guitar (Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid).

Since 2005 she has been focus on independent stage creation and has premiered the pieces «Artificios y Leopardos», «Árido, Seda», «Parámetros», «Grita», «Réquiem al 33», «Que paren la tierra que me subo a una canica» y «Cambio curso de discusión avanzada por asiento con vistas» beeing part of the line up of festivals and theatres such as Teatros del Canal (Madrid), Teatro de la Abadía (Madrid), La Mutant (Valencia), Festival Internacional Madrid en Danza, Festival Dansa Quinzena Metropolitana (Barcelona), Festival Ellas Crean (Madrid), Lekuz Leku (Bilbao), Mes de Danza de Sevilla, Cartografías de la Danza (Madrid), Gatadans (Madrid), Ciclo Desbordarte (Madrid), Festival Al borde (Medellín, Colombia) y Festival Endanzante (Medellín, Colombia).

Prize for the Best Female Performer at the IX International Choreography Contest Burgos-New York, First Prize for Contemporary Dance at the IX Teatro de Madrid Dance Marathon and Special Jury Prize at the IV Teatro de Madrid Dance Marathon. Resident company in the Centro de Danza Canal (Madrid) in 2011. In 2019, her last creation, «Artificios y Leopardos», was winner of the Creation and Research Residency A GATAS promoted by Teatro de la Abadía, Centro Cultural Conde Duque and RESAD (Royal Superior School of Dramatic Art of Madrid).

She has combined the creation of contemporary dance pieces with commissioned choreographic designs for films and corporate events such as the Opening Ceremony of the IX South American Games Medellín 2010 (Colombia), the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival or the documentary «Sin vendas en la memoria» («No more bandages in our memory»), commissioned by the Basque Government as a tribute to the victims of terrorism.

In conjunction with her work as creator, she is also involved in pedagogic activities teaching contemporary dance classes and creation and investigation workshops, national and international level. She keeps a close connection with Medellín (Colombia) where she worked as a professor in the Bachelor of Dance at the Universidad de Antioquia/ Medellín and also directing ÁRBOL-Procesos creativos vivos, a creation and training platform. She has also been a member of the jury of the Dance Creation Aids of the Instituto Distrital de las Artes de Bogotá and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.

She currently lives in Madrid where she continues with her creation and teaching projects. In 2021 she has been selected as resident company at Centro de Danza Canal (Madrid), within the research modality.

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